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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Nnaemego targets 10,000 youth-led farms

A legal practitioner, and Chief Executive Officer of Fresh and Young Brains Development Initiative, Barrister Nkiru Nnaemego, has said that her organization is targeting about 10,000 farms which will be managed by youths, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Speaking to NaijaAgroNet, she stated that there is huge potential in agriculture especially considering the fact that research has shown that 2030 will mark the beginning of global decline in oil and that  British Council’s Next Generation Report 2010 indicated that Nigerian youths will be the greatest resource of Nigerian economy.

As one of those who benefitted from Fund for Agricultural Financing in Nigeria(FAFIN),a federal government financial assistance to farmers, she intends to invest massively in programmes whose targets are the youths. 

“I am honoured to be among the 27 Nagropreneurs that received the initial grant from the presidency through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) under the Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP),” she said.

Nnaemego disclosed her plans to invest the funds in the Youth Farm (YFarm) Incubation (One Stop) Centre for African Youth in Agribusiness. 

“This centre will provide online and onsite certificate courses in agribusiness, host a culinary school, agro-processing/packaging plant and an integrated farm for livestock, aqua-culture and crop production,” she said.

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