Benin- No fewer than 43 youths had been trained under the Federal Government Vocational Training and Strategic Empowerment Scheme on agricultural export produce.
The vocational training was organised by the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation (NCAM), under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The training was sponsored by Rep. Peter Akpatason, (APC-Edo) Akoko-Edo Federal Constituency.
Speaking at the opening ceremony in Igarra, AkokocEdo Local Government Area of Edo, on Friday, the Director of training NCAM, Mr Mohammed Sanni said that the programme was aimed at promoting agriculture and self-sufficiency among the youth.
Sanni said that the youth would undergo a three-day training on export produce, saying that the beneficiaries would be empowered to start their agric export business.
“This training will exposed the youth to those Agricultural produce that can be exported out of the shores of this country.”
“And, it is a way of making these youth self reliance and economically independence by embarking on this business for a living”, he said.
Hon. Peter Akpatason, the sponsor of the programme while addressing the beneficiaries said, the initiative was aimed at empowering the youth economically to curb social vices within his constituency.
The programme, he said, was in line with the vision of the Federal Government on food security and job creation.
Akpatason said that each of the beneficiaries is expected to be given a start-up cash ranging from N200,000 to N300,000, saying that it is expected that the start up cash is used by them for the purpose in which it is being given to them.
The lawmaker, however, advised the youth to make good use of the rare opportunity.
“The empowerment programme is in line with the objective of grooming the youth to become job-creators, rather than job-seekers.”
“It is hoped that this will encourage the youth in my constituency to take up other agricultural activities to empower themselves,’’