The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has strengthen the existing partnership with National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI), Badeggi, Niger State, with a view to training more Corps Members in modern farming towards the boosting of agricultural production, as well as giving fillip to the Scheme’s enhanced revenue drive.
NYSC Director General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim disclosed this on Tuesday during a virtual meeting with the Management of the Institute led by its Executive Director, Dr Aliyu Umar while Corps keying into Federal Government’s agenda on the diversification of the economy through agricultural practices.
The DG appreciated NCRI for its numerous support towards mentoring Corps Members and NYSC Agric Officers, especially in rice farming, while solicited for a well articulated and robust partnership that will ensure more bumper harvest for the Scheme through comprehensive training and supervision by the Institute.
To realise this noble objective and make NYSC a less burden on Government’s lean resources, the DG proposed a Memorandum of Understanding and appointment of Desk Officers between the two agencies to oversee the partnership.
He hailed the assistance of the Institute in achieving a bumper harvest at NYSC rice farm in Kebbi State which it desires to replicate in all States. ”We don’t want NYSC to be seen as a burden to the Federal Government, and we want to generate fund from our farms”, lbrahim said.
Responding, the Executive Director of NCRI, Dr Aliyu Umar commended NYSC for its keen interest in the Institute and assured the Director General that Corps Members would be incorporated in the customised training for good agricultural practices run by the Institute.
Dr Aliyu further appreciated the NYSC for the sustained partnership and disclosed that Corps Members would be trained on rice value chain from production to utilisation, and in other crops such as soya beans, sugarcane, Benin seed, among others.
The Executive Director promised to appoint a Desk Officer immediately, while modalities shall be worked out to sign an MoU with the Scheme. “There is provision for customised training for both in-house and outside the station activities”, he said.