The Federal Government and the World Bank’s FADAMA III Project under the Graduate Unemployment Youths Support Scheme FADAMA GUYSS, will involve 6,000 unemployed youths in agricultural enterprises.
This was said by Mr Tayo Adewumi, Fadama’s National Project Coordinator (NPC), while meeting with the Ondo State Federated Fadama Community Association (FFCA)in Akure.
According to Adewumi, the scheme would encourage 300 youths, aged 18 to 35 in each of the participating 20 states to take up agriculture as a full-time profession.
While between 500 and 1,000 youths would be involved in the scheme’s successive project.
“The programme, named GUYS, is to encourage youths from the ages of 18 to 35 and maximum of 40 years to go into agriculture as a profession and business. By study, real farmers are aging, some dead and old. To start with, 15 to 20 states, including Ondo, will be among the first phase of 200 to 300 youths per state.
“By end of June, starter packs should be given to the youths based on different enterprise of interest like aquaculture, or poultry.
“My coming to Ondo State is at right time because we have a lot to anchor this year for our youths in the country”, Adewumi said.
Plans are also on ground for the state to produce its Sunshine rice before the end of the year.
The Ondo State FFCA Chairman, Mr Akin Olotu who spoke earlier at the meeting while thanking the FADAMA Project for its impact across the country disclosed some of the challenges currently faced by FFCA members.
Olotu said the FFCA was able to secure some hectares of land from the Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority for use by members for cluster farming but were inadequate tractors in the state have hindered their progress.
“We only have 13 tractors in the whole of the state and the tractors are not in good condition and we have been told that it will take over N1million to repair them,” Olotu said.