The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has trained 100 youths on Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (SADTS) as part of its strategies to curbing unemployment through agriculture.
It has also disbursed the loan of N100,000 to 38 youths for investing in different agri-businesses as well as N20,000 to another set of 220 youths in the state.
The intervention, according to Kano state NDE Coordinator, Idris Sani Yakasai, is to help reduce hunger and poverty as well as breed new generation of young farmers in the state.
According to him, “What we are witnessing today is training of 100 participants for Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (SADTS) and loan disbursement to 38 beneficiaries in different schemes.
“The schemes include Community Based Economic Empowerment Schemes (CBES), Graduate Agricultural Empowerment Scheme (GAES), SADES Implementation Scheme and Agri-Business Enhancement Scheme.
“This is in line with the realisation of the Federal Government policy on food production and sustainability.
“Also, no fewer than two weeks ago, NDE Kano disbursed N20,000 to 220 beneficiaries under its Micro Enterprise Enhancement Scheme (MEES), alongside seven Start Your Own Business (SYOB) beneficiaries who have been disbursed with the sum of N500,000 each towards the creation of various enterprises of their choices,” Yakasai added.
The state Coordinator also said the Directorate has over 300 places it sends youths to learn businesses across the state.
Also speaking, NDE Director General, Nuhu Abubakar Afikpo, who was represented by an officer in the Directorate, Mrs Shade Uche, urged the beneficiaries to use the grant judiciously.
She said the loans were given free of interest and would be paid instrumentally in three years.