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NYSC to train corps members on modern farming methods


The National Youth Service Corps has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Cereals Institute in Badeggi, Niger State, as part of its efforts to train corps members on modern farming methods.

The Director, Press and Public Relations, NYSC, Adenike Adeyemi, disclosed this on Monday in a statement, titled ‘NYSC partners cereal research institute on modern agric training.’

Adeyemi quoted the corps’ Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, as saying the NYSC was tapping the potential of corps members for the promotion of agriculture.

The aim, he said, was to contribute to the nation’s drive towards self-sufficiency in food production.

The DG added that the partnership would add value to the scheme aimed at empowering corps members for self-employment, in addition to the skills to be acquired through the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme.

“NYSC is a proactive agency that encourages corps members to be self-reliant instead of seeking for salaried jobs,” he added.

He encouraged corps members to avail themselves of the various empowerment opportunities, including the Federal Government’s N75bn Youth Investment Fund and the National Young Farmers’ scheme.

He also disclosed that a proposal had been made for the establishment of a National Youth Service Trust Fund which, if actualised, would serve as a source of business financing for corps entrepreneurs.

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