The FADAMA III Project in Jigawa has started the disbursement of N94 million grant to 253 beneficiaries of its Graduates Unemployed Youth and Women Support Scheme (GUYS).
The state Project Coordinator, Alhaji Aminu Isa, said this during the inauguration of the programme in Dutse on Monday.
The project had in 2017 selected and trained 300 unemployed youths and women in agricultural various entrepreneurship as part of efforts to boost food production in the state.
Isa said that after thorough screening and verification, 253 of the trainees were found to be genuinely unemployed.
He said that the rest, who were found to employed, were stopped from benefiting from the programme.
The coordinator said that 72 of the beneficiaries were trained on rice production, four on Maize production, eight on sorghum production.
Others are 26 on cattle fattening, 38 on goat and sheep fattening, 11 on fish production, 86 poultry, two on rice thrashing and six on rice processing.
According to him, the programme is being funded by the World Bank under FADAMA III Additional Financing (AF).
Isa said that the grant was to enable the beneficiaries set up their own agricultural ventures.
He urged the beneficiaries to cooperate with state FADAMA office for the successful implementation of the programme.
“I also want to use this opportunity to call on you (beneficiaries) to work closely with your supervisors and mentors for the successful implementation of the FADAMA GUYS grant support by the World Bank.
“This is to achieve its objective of youth employment for economic empowerment under agriculture.
“Adequate arrangements were made for effective supervision and monitoring of the implementation of the programme by engaging mentors who are professional agronomists, livestock veterinary officers.
“Also reputable services providers with support from FADAMA III facilitators and the state FADAMA coordination staff,” he said.
The coordinator, therefore, urged beneficiaries to set up their business outfits immediately.
Edited by Grace Yussuf
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