As Nigeria aims to achieve food sufficiency in the country, as well as becoming a major exporter of agricultural produce, the federal government has initiated measures aimed at attracting young Nigerians to farming.
To this end, core agricultural enterprises such as poultry, horticulture, aquaculture, livestock farming, food and nutrition as well as processing and packaging have been established in selected schools across the country.
The initiative is being implemented through the National Schools Agricultural Programme (NSAP) flagged off by the federal government in October last year to inculcate agricultural entrepreneurship in the young generation.
It will help boost the Nigerian youth’s competence and confidence in farming.
Speaking in Abuja at a training workshop on horticulture for six pilot schools organized in collaboration with Dizengoff Nigeria Ltd, Senior Special Assistant to the President on NSAP, Dr. Baraka Sani, explained that the NSAP is developed as an after school programme using non-formal education system. The participating schools came from the FCT, Kaduna and Kano.
She said the programme is being implemented in 36 selected schools across 12 pilot states through the establishment of Student Agricultural Clubs (SACs).
“In all the pilot schools our students have been actively involved in piloting the affairs of these clubs and I am happy to announce that we have over 4000 students as members of these clubs.
“We have strategically structured the NSAP operations in such a dynamic way that students can benefit from wealth of experience of the organized private sector and development partners as well as taking advantage of government existing structures,” Sani said.
She added that the training on horticulture using the greenhouse technology “is only one in a series of trainings to be organized aimed at thoroughly equipping members of the SACs and developing the capacities of the volunteers with an objective to deliver on the federal government’s vision for the programme.”
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