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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Presidential aide tasks youths to embrace agriculture


Anthony Nwakaegho /NaijaAgroNet

 The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Dr Precious Gbeneol has called on youths to take advantage of the various policies of the government especially in agriculture and embrace it as a means of viable employment.
Dr Gbeneol gave the charge on the occasion of World Poverty Day, and said that the most sustainable way to eradicate poverty is to engage more people to work and called on the private sector to come up with more creative ways of creating employment as a means of alleviating poverty.
NaijaAgroNet noted from presidential adviser to MDGs that the country has made meaningful progress in trying to eradicate extreme poverty since it adopted the MDGs in 2000 alongside other countries.
She explained that the country has partially accomplished goal one by reducing the proportion of people suffering from extreme poverty and hunger by 50 per cent ahead of the target date of 2015 and stressed that the country was honoured earlier in the year for the feat at the week-long 38th session of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)  event in Rome.
The Ministry of Agriculture, she said had been able to train 5,000 youths in 10 different value chains, provided start-up packages for 6,000 youths, as well as access to credit and other inputs through the Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES); trained 2,500 women in poultry, bull fattening, sheep and goat production, bee keeping, crop value chains and extension, among others in the past three years.

NaijaAgroNet learnt that FAO gave the award to Nigeria for being able to reduce the number of its citizens suffering from hunger from 19.31 million in 1990 and 1992 to 13.38 million in 2010 and 2012.

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