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No fewer than 108 agribusiness trainees empowered by NDE in Ogun State.

9Janewshub.com.ng reports that the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) under the auspices of its Director-General Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo empowered one hundred and eight unemployed youths in Ogun State with loans to enhance their agricultural businesses.

Speaking during the orientation ceremony in Ogun State, the Director-General of NDE, Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, said the selected beneficiaries were trained in various aspects of modern agricultural production for a period of three months with two weeks of experiential training in both livestock and crops production.

The NDE Director General represented by the NDE Ogun State Coordinator, Mr. Alao Babatunde Ismail in his welcome address said ‘participants have been trained in poultry production, cattle fattening, sheep and goat rearing, horticulture and dry season farming among others’.

The DG said, the loan schemes are means of providing farmers with seed money which would translate to increased agricultural production and distribution system that would help to provide more profitable farm income, promote environmental stewardship and enhance the quality of life for farmers and their communities.

Giving details of the loan schemes, Mr. Alao said that the target groups comprise all unemployed youth, from school leavers to graduates of tertiary institutions, with a passion for agriculture as an enterprise.

According to the Director General, “The management of NDE has approved the loan package of N100, 000 each for the 108 beneficiaries in four different schemes of the Rural Employment Promotion (REP)”.

Further breakdown of the selected beneficiaries for the loan schemes stated as thus, 24 for Sustainable Development Empowerment Scheme, 24 for the Graduates Agricultural Empowerment Scheme, 39 for Agricultural Enhancement Scheme and 21 for Community-Based Agricultural Empowerment Scheme.

The representative of Director REP department, Mrs Oruoyehu Beatrice appealed to the beneficiaries of the Loan schemes in the state to ensure prompt payment of the loan to give room to others who are yet to benefit.

A beneficiary, Animasaun Debora, who spoke on behalf of the participants thanked NDE for the intervention and assured that they would not disappoint the government. She said many of us have commenced our respective projects.”

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