1,350 Youths Get N-power Empowerment As Agric Workers
1,350 Youths have been empowered under the N-Power programme of the Federal Government as agric workers
At least 1,350 unemployed youths have been recruited by the Nigerian government empowerment scheme under the N-power programme to serve as agricultural extension workers in Cross River State.
The State Coordinator of Sasakawa Global 2000, Mr Ekok Ntua, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), shortly after inspecting a cassava demonstration farm at Okonde in Ikom Local Government Area of the state.
He said the youth, recruited under the N-agro component of the N-power scheme, had been trained on extension services to complement the 94 existing extension workers working under the state’s Agricultural Development Project (ADP).
“You know, according to World Bank, the ration should be one extension worker to between 800 and 1,000 farmers. But here, the ration is one extension worker to 4,000 farmers,” he said.
He said the recruitment of the N-agro agents had greatly supported farmers in the state by providing them the necessary farming techniques for improved productivity.
NAN reports that the officials of team from SG 2000 were in Ikom, Cross River to meet with small holder farmers, under the Africa Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project, to assess the new farming technologies being promoted in the area.
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