…as YFDI moves in to revamp practical agriculture

Hope has finally come for primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom State as the Youth Farmers Development Initiative (YFDI), a foremost socio-economic group in the Nigeria, is set to revamp practical agriculture and introduce best practices in practical agriculture in the schools.

YFDI has as its core goals, reviving practical agriculture in primary and secondary schools, igniting the flare for practical agriculture amongst youths starting with students of primary and secondary school ages, driving robust practical agricultural activities in schools and boosting schools’ economy through practical agriculture.

The National Secretary of the group, Hon. Nkereuwem James, made this known to newsmen on Wednesday, November 13.

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Interacting with our correspondent, James said that through the help of the initiative which has come to stay, schools will be launched into a new, better and intriguing dimension in the cultivation of crops and keeping animals.

He hinted that farms and gardens will be developed for these schools as well.

James maintained that with the initiative on ground, Akwa Ibom State in particular, will be swept by multifaceted innovations springing up from the agricultural sector, given the new generation of farmers the group will raise in no distant time.

He was however saddened that despite agriculture being the sector with the largest capacity to employ labour, unemployment and poverty rate in Nigeria is still on the rise.

The National Secretary gave the explanation for this as being that the sector has not been properly harnessed to create more jobs and personally and commercially.

James stressed that the need to revive practical agriculture at primary and secondary school levels could not be over-emphazied, adding that the initiative will afford the group the opportunity to inculcate into the youngsters the right attitude and mentality to farming.

With the right attitude and mentality, he said the youngsters will see farming as a choice and payable career to venture into.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his strides in the sector and the Minister for Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, for building a healthy synergy between the education and agricultural sector as well as his support for the group so far.

He equally acknowledged the resilience of the YFDI national president, Comrade Chilota Onyeka, noting that the success story of the group would not be complete without his invaluable role.

Credit: Abasifreke Obot