3 January 2013

The Niger State Government has concluded arrangements to engage 10,000 youths across the state in farming activities as part of its employment generation programme.

The Commissioner of Economic Planning, Mr Idris Ndako who revealed this to Channels Television stated that the state has already acquired 6,000 hectares of land for the programme which is expected to kick off in February 2013.

He also noted that each of the 25 local government areas in the state are expected to also engage about 1,000 youths in farming to complement the effort of the state government in tackling youth unemployment headlong.

The Commissioner explained that the aim of the programme is to encourage youths in the state to see farming as a productive venture and also an avenue to take the unemployed youths off the street so as not to make them a ready tool for trouble makers.

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