Abuja - Some 100 youth drawn from the nine states in the Niger Delta region will attend a month-long training programme in Israel following a sponsorship by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Architect Darius Dickson Ishaku, said the scheme was a fulfillment of the administration's mandate to enhance agriculture growth and empower youth.
He reminded the beneficiaries that each of them was expected to train at least 20 other youths in the various fields they studied in Israel.
“By the time each of you trained 20 of your peers back home, we will have 2 000 skilled farmers in various fields. That will generate jobs and wealth for the youths and contribute to our national food security,” he said.
The Minister noted that President Goodluck Jonathan was committed to improving the lives of the people of the Niger Delta area by fully supporting the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to implement programmes designed to empower them with skills in various fields.
The youths will be trained in Kibbuzt an agricultural cooperative farm in an agricultural belt outside Tel Aviv.
According to Ishaku, most of the youths chose to specialize in aquaculture and fish farming, a tradition common in the Niger Delta area where fishing has been a way of life for centuries.
He added that other areas of agricultural specialization popular with the trainees include horticulture, dairy farming, poultry, oil seed processing, grape farming and winery.
- CAJ News
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