Katsina State Government Empowers Youths with Agricultural Inputs

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The Katsina State government, in collaboration with the 34 Local Government Areas (LGAs), has empowered and supported 272 youth graduates with agricultural inputs to become self-reliant.

The beneficiaries were also trained in selected agricultural enterprises, as stated by the Permanent Secretary of the Office of the immediate past deputy governor of the state, Mannir Yakubu, Alhaji Aminu Bazariye.

“It is my honor to be here with you on this important occasion of delivering support to our unemployed graduates from the 34 LGAs of the state who have expressed interest in participating in the agricultural sector.”

The beneficiaries, including women, have been trained to become agripreneurs with the requisite skills to operate successfully. The Fadama Graduate Unemployed Youth Support (Fadama GUYS) program was first implemented in 2017 under Fadama III additional financing.

The program is funded by the World Bank, with 251 unemployed graduates converted into agripreneurs, focusing on selected agricultural value chains.

Bazariye said value chains such as crop production, poultry, fishery, small and large ruminant rearing, as well as agro inputs and outputs selling enterprises across the state, have been harnessed and tapped by the beneficiaries to be productive within their domain.

He added that this has resulted in job creation and increased agricultural production and other downstream activities across Katsina State.

As a result of the achievements recorded in the implementation of the program in the state, the government has approved a proposal by the Katsina State Fadama Coordination Office (KTSFCO) to replicate the program, targeting 272 beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries have been trained in the management of various enterprises of their choice, including poultry and fish production, goat rearing, and ram fattening. They have also received a package of support to commence the operationalization of their respective agribusinesses.

In his speech, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Alhaji Masud Mustapha-Banye, said the program was meant to empower youth with the required skills as well as the needed capital to participate and contribute their quota to the agricultural development of the state and the country at large. It also aims to explore the opportunities in the agribusiness sector, enabling them to become skilled and self-employed in the field of agricultural production and downstream activities.

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