By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA—ANAMBRA-Imo River Basin Development Authority yesterday kick-started a two-week training for 1,027 unemployed youths in various fields of agriculture for self-reliance.
The training programme which is currently taking place in Nnewi, the industrial city of Anambra State, was organised in collaboration with DEVASS Agro Consultants for the unemployed youths selected from Anambra South Senatorial District of the state.
In a remark, the Managing Director of the agency, Mr Michael Nwabufo said the training was in line with the Federal Government’s strategies at advancing agricultural development for food security.
According to Nwabufo, “The training is aimed at advancing agricultural development that will guarantee food security and healthy nutrition on a sustainable and environmental friendly basis to citizens by the year 2020.
“The present aging farming population lacks the knowledge and resources to practice profitable agriculture on sustainable and environmental friendly basis and as a result, our youths, who before now go into buying and selling and pursuit of nonexistent white collar jobs, need to be re-skilled in the art and science of farming as a profitable business”, he stated.