OCP Africa, a phosphate-based fertiliser producer, has partnered with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) to train students from five states on agribusinesses.
The training, it is believed, would increase skill sets, boost production and increase outcomes.
At the launch of the partnership, tagged ‘Empowering African Youths (EMAY) in Nigeria, the Head of Agronomy for OCP Africa Fertilizer in Nigeria, Dr. Donald Madukwe, said the scheme seeks to equip young Nigerians with capabilities to be self-employed and future agriculture-entrepreneurs.
He said the first phase beneficiaries of 30 youths are selected from Sokoto, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Niger, and Bauchi states, having been screened using criteria such as having a certificate in agriculture, experience with farmer engagement, entrepreneurship drive, among others.
The Vice Chancellor, ATBU, in his reaction, commended OCP Africa on the initiative, saying: “This will help increase the participation of youths in agriculture in the country.”