This Day (Lagos)

20 November 2012

Nigeria: Nde Graduates 2,990 From Agric Devt Scheme

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) is set to graduate 2,990 unemployed youths from the Rural Agricultural Development Training Scheme (RADTS) by the end of this month.

The youth who are mostly school leavers have been undergoing series of training in the last four months at NDE's established Agricultural Skills Training Centres nationwide.

A statement issued by NDE's Assistant Director (Information/Public Relations) Mr. Edmund Onwuliri, said the NDE employs the integrated farming demonstration and training approach in capacity building for community empowerment and rural development.

He added that having identified the potentials in the sector for employment, wealth creation and the need to stem rural-urban drift, the trainees have been exposed to various agricultural practices such as arable crop production, livestock production, food processing/preservation and agro services.

The NDE had also complemented the RADTS training with Basic Business Training thereby exposing the trainees to the rudiments of business plan preparation. Each trainee is expected to submit a bankable business proposal to enable the NDE link them up with credit granting institutions for adequate funding.

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