ABUJA- The National Agricultural Land Development Agency (NALDA) has empowered 100 youths in Cross Rivers State with 500 rabbits in a bid to develop animal husbandry in the State.
The 100 beneficiaries were presented with four female and one male rabbits each, together with rabbit feeds and drugs.
Addressing the beneficiaries after the conclusion of a four-day training in Ogoja, Prince Paul Ikonne, Executive Secretary of NALDA, charged them to be committed to rabbit farming to make money for themselves and be financially independent.
According to Ikonne, “As we engage you in this lucrative business, we expect total commitment from you in order to make money from rabbit farming.”
“So, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, I congratulate you and I welcome you into the National Young Farmers Scheme Programme. I look forward to seeing you becoming millionaires through this project.”
Also speaking, the State Coordinator of NALDA, Mr. Solomon Ubut, said the beneficiaries have been empowered with knowledge and residual capacity to handle the rabbits effectively.
Ubut said the Young Farmers were selected from five Local Government Areas of Northern Cross River as a pilot project in the State.
On criteria for selecting beneficiaries, he explained that those selected for the programme must be under the age limit between 18 to 35 years, as well as have interest in agribusiness.
Commenting on the number of beneficiaries, Ubut said they were 25 females and 75 males, adding that the National Young Farmers Scheme Initiative of Mr. President was targeted to empower over 17,000 youths in rabbit rearing across the country.
He added that the Scheme was designed to create job opportunities for the youths and reduce social vices in the society.
He assured that NALDA in collaboration with Cross River State Government would expand the programme to accommodate more youths in the State.