Akwa Ibom State government has promised gainful employment to youths and women by getting them involved in commercial farming, and help them exploit their youthful energies and expertise in the agricultural sector.
The state commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Matthew Nathan Ekaette stated this while declaring open a two day agriculture training organized by the ministry in collaboration with Akwa Ibom State Youths in agriculture in Uyo.
The commissioner who was represented by an official in the ministry, Elder Idem Idung added that the involvement of the youths was intended to exploit their youthful energies and expertise of creating gainful employment for them.
Dr. Ekaette also assured the youths that the state government will provide conducive environment for effective, efficient farming for them, and urged the youths and women to rise in the spirit of dakkada initiative of the state government in order to excel.
The state director of Akwa Ibom Agriculture Development Project, AKADEP extension service, Dr. Emmanuel Akpan, who presented a paper, “Benefits of extension services in Akwa Ibom State”, said AKADEP programmes covers agriculture, explaining that the programmes target on small and medium farmers with the aim of raising production level, and increase their income, create employment and improve the standard of living of the youths.
Also speaking on the “Impact of the federal government agriculture programmes in Akwa Ibom State”, the state director, federal ministry of agriculture, Dr. Peter Umana revealed that the federal government has implemented agriculture scheme intended to better the lives of farmers in the state, and urged the youths to avail themselves.
The state president of youths in agriculture, Prince Michael Etim said the group aims at providing a platform for the implementation of government agriculture policies and programmes in line with the dakkada initiatives.
Prince Etim commended the state government’s commitment to implementation of programmes under the agriculture development and food sufficiency, creation of wealth through cassava value chain, growth enhancement scheme, integrated farmers scheme as well as extension services scheme.
The training was attended by relevant stakeholders in agriculture sector, had as its theme, “Positioning the agriculture sector in a sustainable transformation , dakkada initiative agenda”