No fewer than 3,000 youths across the 36 states of the federation have been trained by a Non-Governmental Organisation, the Pioneer Village Project, in various forms of agricultural business.
The organisation, according to its founder, Chief Olatunji Akomolafe, has been empowering youths through agriculture in the last 34 years of its establishment.
He stated this on the farm of the group at Ajue town in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State while hosting some secondary school students, who visited the farm on an excursion.
According to him, there is a need for Nigerians to embrace agriculture to boost food production and create more employment opportunities for the youths in the country.
He called on government at all levels in the country to invest massively in agriculture in order to address the problem of rising unemployment in the country.
He said, “We have trained over 3,000 youths in this country in the last 34 years that this organisation started and we are still training some of them in various forms of agriculture in order for them to be employed and self-reliant.
“In 1984, the youth unemployment rate rose in the country and we thought the only way to combat youth unemployment and hopelessness was to create an avenue for training, production and research in agriculture where they will be able to learn the things that can make to be self-reliant.
“Agriculture is the most potent tools to combat unemployment in Nigeria. It is important to choose integrated agriculture, that is, many agricultural activities together, starting from cultivation, production processing, and utilisation of waste to achieve the entire recycling of agricultural by-products. This is what we have been doing to reduce unemployment in the last 34 years.”
He appealed to the government to make the environment conducive for agricultural business, saying agriculture was the best alternative to oil.
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