In a bid to actualised it food production drive, the Federal Government is set to employ Over 100,000 graduates who will be drafted to farms in all the 774 local government councils across the country, as extension workers to help government actualise its food production drive.
Chief Audu Ogbe,, the honourable minister of Agriculture and Rural Development made this known shortly after he inspected various Value Chain Development Programme, VCDP, Improved Agronimics Practice farms at Sumaka and Taraku in Guma and Gwer Local Government areas of Benue State.
Ogbeh, represented by his Senior Adviser, International Donor Partners, Mr. Auta Appeh, the minister said the initiatives were necessary because government “is doing everything to encourage our youths to take up farming as a business and not as a hobby.”
In his speech, National Programme Coordinator of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD-VCDP, Dr. Ameh Onoja, said the organisation had constructed roads, cleared farmlands and provided inputs through its matching grants to farmers to galvanise the sector.
Acting Ter Guma, Chief Gbor Igyo, urged the government to urgently provide tractors and other farming implements and inputs to farmers if the food sufficiency campaign of the present administration would become a reality.