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Bauchi to cut unemployment, sponsors youths on agro tech

By Rukayat Akanbi

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Bauchi State Government has mulled partnership with some agricultural tech organisations, saying thousands of its youths would be sponsored to receive advance training on agro business. According to the State Governor, Bala Mohammed said he has wooed a German firm shortly before the pandemic. Mohammed who welcomed an agric centre, CSS, led by Dr. John Kennedy. He informed that the State was taking every advantage of the Central Bank’s agricultural incentives.

If partnered CSS, the State government would shoulder N280,000 training fee for each would-be beneficiaries of the programme. According to Dr. Kennedy, gadgets, tools, seedlings and course materials would be given to the trainees regardless of the literacy levels. He added that the programme training lasts for two weeks after which they will be given hectares of land by their government to boost production and train others.

While making his remarks, Governor Mohammed said “Bauchi is suffering because of the way of our agricultural production, but we are connected with our desire to use our expertise to improve technology and other techniques so that we can provide employment to our teeming youth and raise our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

He said that the training of youth in the area of modern farming would enable the beneficiaries become self-reliant, thereby, contributing to the growth and development of the state. Mohammed said a state like Bauchi without Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) must embrace advance agric business to increase growth. He however enjoined the citizens to embrace the programme while charging the Commissioner for Agriculture to ensure implementation of the training.


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