The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: 175 Youth Trained in Agriculture

A three-month intensive vocational skill training in general agriculture has been launched at the Tumutu Agriculture Vocational Training Program in Salala, Bong County.

The skills training program which was launched Monday, brought together 175 participants mostly youth from Margibi, Nimba and Bong Counties.

The training organized by the Ministry of Youths and Sports, is funded by the World Bank through a European based International Non-Governmental Organization known as TRANSEC.

The training which is the second phase of the Ministry of Youths and Sports and TRANSEC Youth Employment Skills (YES) project will provide skills training for the participants in the area of general agriculture including rubber and rice culture, oil palm and vegetable production.

Following the successful completion of the three months training, trainees are expected to undergo a two-month post graduate internship at the Equatorial Oil Palm and the Sime Darby plantations which will allowed some of the trainees to gain employment with these companies as some of the graduates of the 2012 training program have already gained employment with the two companies.

Serving as keynote Speaker at the official launch of the training exercise, Deputy Minister for Youth Services, Sam

Hare said youth employment remains cardinal to the economic, social and political development of post conflict Liberia.

Minister Hare added that despite the signing of over 20 billion concession agreements, the development of Liberia will be elusive when the young people don't have the requisite skills to gain employment.

He cautioned the trainees to make used of the opportunity provided them in order to make themselves suitable for the job market.

"You will not be able to lead in the future, when you are not prepared now" he stressed.

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