The Federal Government has launched the Young Farmers Club aimed at engaging Secondary School pupils in Mechanized Farming to ensure Food Security in the Country.
During the inauguration at the Federal Science and Technology College,Orozo, Abuja, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Mahmood Abubakar said the Pilot project would be added to an existing initiative put together by the federal government to diversify the nation’s economy.
Represented by the Director of Mechanisation in the Ministry, Mr Abdulahi Abubakar expressed optimism that the Young Farmer Club in Schools would encourage the younger generation to embrace farming.
The Minister said ” We want to see that the Youth embrace agriculture. We have realized over the years, that Agriculture is being seen from the old thought, but we can’t leave them, one day, they will leave us. Particularly, Mr President has said we should grow what we eat and eat what we grow.
The National President, Youth Farmers Development Initiative, Comrade Chilota Onyeka said the establishment of Farmers Club became necessary for the Youth to be equipped with relevant skills in Agriculture at an early age.
A Consulting Partner for the project, Prof Agnes Onyeagba said the project would help the Youths to channel their Energy on good ventures against criminality.
Prof Onyeagba explained “Young people have more energy, they are supposed to work all the time. If you don’t give them something to work on or play, they look for where to expend that energy, they can control it.
President of the newly inaugurated Farmers Club, Amuda Lawal promised to contribute his quota towards making Nigeria, a food hub in Africa.
The Project, through collaboration among relevant Stakeholders, will provide an opportunity for Nigerian School Farmers to travel to Israel to acquired more knowledge on Modern farming.
Reporting by Samuel Adeyinka, Editing by Tola Oguneye