The National Young Farmers Scheme is a pilot programme that involves 100 young Nigerians from each of the 774 local governments in Nigeria.
At the launch which took place in the Presidential Villa, Buhari urged agencies involved in agriculture to redirect their priorities to ensure the inclusion of youth in the promotion of modern methods of farming.
According to a statement by the president’s media adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina, the president assured all parties interested in the scheme that an enabling environment would be created for their full participation.
Nairametrics reports, President Muhammadu Buhari has flagged off the National Young Farmers Scheme under the National Agricultural Land Development Authority at the State House in Abuja today.The project’s final goal is to encourage and empower 1000 farmers from each of the 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) in Nigeria each year, and it is intended to cut across all facets of agriculture.
The programme is currently being administered by the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA).
The programme is in line with the present administration’s quest to diversify our economy and ensure self-sufficiency in food production.
The goal of achieving self-sufficiency in food production can easily be achieved when the interest of the youth that constitutes a sizable proportion is stimulated towards agricultural activities.
This programme when successfully implemented is capable of:
•Growing agricultural output and industry in Nigeria.
•Saving hard-earned foreign exchange, decreases the over-dependence of the country on imports.
•Ensure self-sufficiency in agriculture.