By Mary Agidi
In order to promote agricultural development and make the nation food sufficient, the Federal Government and the World Bank have approved the commencement of a youth programme tagged ” FADAMA GUYS”.
The National Project Coordinator (NPC) of FADAMA, Mr. Tayo Adewunmi declared this in Akure at a reception programme organized in his honour by Ondo State Federated Fadama Community Association (FFCA), held at the Ondo State Trade Fair centre Igbatoro, Akure.
The FADAMA GUYS which means Graduate Unemployment Youth Support Scheme, according to him will receive 100 percent support from the government and the World Bank.
He noted that under the six components in FADAMA project, World Bank is ready to give 80 percent grant to farmers and 100 percent to unemployed youths, adding that the essence of the support is to cushion the effect of the burden of farmers and to encourage youths to do agriculture as a business.
His words : ” The other component is for youths and women; for the youths we need to encourage them in agriculture and the support we are giving them is 100 percent.
“While we are encouraging youths is because many of them are unemployed and are willing to go into agriculture but there’s no support.
“Once these youths are identified and come as a group, understand what we call group sustainability, group question, dynamics and are able to see themselves as of the same economic interest group, we put them together and support them 100 percent.
The FADAMA boss further disclosed that a mission is going on in Lagos currently through the concern of international community to look into how to plan a new livestock project to ensure that foods produced by Nigerian farmers are taken to international market beside local and regional consumption.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of FFCA in Ondo State, Mr. Akin Olotu highlighted some of the challenges confronting the farmers to include insufficient tractors, and lack of aggregation centres. He appealled for a special intervention for array of unemployed youths that are interested in farming.
Highlighting the achievement of FFCA in the state, Olotu, a newly appointed Special Adviser to the state governor, noted that the state has registered with a major agro-chemical company in Nigeria as a dealer and even Super Gro.
He added that the group was able to secure some hectares of land from the Benin-Owena Development Authority for cluster farming but was constrained because of lack of tractors.
Responding to the challenges listed, the NPC assured of his readiness to proffer solutions to them.
The NPC was thereafter installed as the Chief Boluyo of Nigeria by Oba, Gen. Olufemi Olutoye with the attendance of Ogbolu of Itaogbolu, Oba Fawehinmi.