ASABAâ€”The Delta State government has harped on the needs for youths in the country to take to agriculture, as the state and the Federal Government move to diversify the economy.
The Executive Assistant to the Delta State governor on Micro Credit Programme, Dr. Antonia Ashiedu, stated this when students under the aegis of the Nigeria Association of Agricultural Students, paid her a courtesy call in Asaba.
Doctor Asheidu, who described the students as the new generation of farmers, said the Delta micro-credit programme will collaborate with the association at the state and national level to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship in them.
She listed reasons past agricultural programmes failed, saying the Delta Micro Credit Programme was simple to implement and was designed to meet the needs of those at the grassroots.
The students, who are also members of National Association of Nigerian students (NANS), said they were in the state to recognize the Executive Assistant on Micro Credit for her effort towards the development of agriculture and empowerment of the masses for agricultural revolution.
The team leader, Obike Hillary, who presented the award on behalf of the association, said they had noted with satisfaction the pragmatic approach of the DMCP towards empowering the youths to be self employed. In his words: â€œYou have indeed proven mantle over hunger, poverty and unemployment by creating viable strategy for poverty alleviationâ€.
Earlier, Madam Esther Whegbere, a client of the DMCP and a reputable rice farmer in the state and Chief I .B. Ochonogor, chairman of Aspire Micro Finance Bank, advised the youths not to shy away from farming as, according to them, the future depended on it.