Lagos empowers youths with N1bn agricultural fund

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State government works to ensure food security and job creation

The Lagos State Government, on Sunday, disbursed about N1 billion to participants of the Agricultural Youth-Based Empowerment Scheme AGRIC-YES.

The development is part of the state government’s efforts to ensure food security and job creation.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Co-operatives, Gbolahan Lawal, announced this while flagging-off the Course IV Trainees of 100 Agricultural Youth-Based Empowerment Scheme.

He said the beneficiaries were participants of courses II and III of the programme who had graduated from the previous training.

Lawal said the concept of Agric-Yes was to create jobs, provide food security and eradicate poverty in the state, adding that the empowerment fund was to assist participants in starting their own farms according to their area of agricultural specialisation.

?The programme, which started in October 2009, was initiated to make agriculture attractive and rewarding to the teeming youth population in the state,” he said.

“The programme has concluded two cycles of training, internship and created farm settlement with 100 youths each. The first batch graduated in December 2010, and had been settled in Araga Farm Settlement, fashioned after the Israeli-type Kibbutz.”

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