No fewer than 4,025 Abians will, by 2026, be empowered to commence their chosen agric-businesses after training under the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises – Niger Delta (LIFE-ND) project.
The project, an initiative of the Federal Government and nine participating Niger Delta state governments, is being funded from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The project’s objective is to enhance income, food security and job creation for rural youths and women through sustainable agribusiness enterprise development in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
150 Abians who were selected for the first phase of the project from 25 communities across 10 local government areas, yesterday, commenced a one-week residential Business Orientation Training in Umuahia, the state capital.
The training focuses on business planning and management, basic entrepreneurship knowledge and skills, business cycle of specific agro-commodities, cash management, climate-smart agriculture, food and nutrition, among other areas, in agricultural entrepreneurship to guide their business operations.
Addressing the trainees, the LIFE-ND National Coordinator, Mr Sanni Abiodun, represented by the Agribusiness Promotion Coordinator, Mrs Anthonia Esenwa, said in each of the nine Niger Delta states, the project would operate in 10 LGAs and 10 communities, thus bringing the total number of participating LGAs to 90 and communities to 900.
While the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji, urged the trainees to invest their empowerment resources profitably, while the state Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) Manager, Chief Israel Amanze, described agriculture as one of the most viable sectors to invest in now.