No fewer than 10,000 youths in Katsina State are expected to be enrolled in the Buhari’s led Federal Government’s Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS) aimed at reducing unemployment in the state.
This was stated by stated by Managing Director, Katsina State Agricultural Development Authority (KTARDA), Alhaji Salisu Shehu on Friday during the closing ceremony of Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) training organised for NYSC members.
According to him, the AADS was aimed at providing employment opportunities to unemployed youths across the country.
He said that the engagement of the youths in the programme would boost agricultural production and enable the country to attain food security.
Alhaji Salisu Shehu also said that under the programme, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) would give loans to the beneficiaries in each of the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He further said that state governments were expected to provide one hectare of land for each of the beneficiaries to enable them to cultivate selected crops in which the states had comparative advantage.
According to him, Katsina State Government had selected cotton and maize for cultivation by the beneficiaries.
He said: “The state government will start with 1,000 youths as a case study, so as to identify the challenges which should be rectified,’’
Mr. Shehu said that programme would start during this year’s dry season.