The Enugu state Government had declared that no fewer than 1615 farmers has been successfully selected to benefit in the ongoing world bank Assisted project, Agro- processing Productivity enhancement and livelihood support project, in any chain of Agriculture in Enugu.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Matthew Idu, while speaking in a chat, stated that this is part of measures to encourage youths to go into Agricultural system fully.
Stating that Enugu state is one of the state where Appeal project is working seriously to make sure that women and youths with passion for Agriculture are encouraged to go into the various value chains of Agriculture.
According to the Commissioner, “the Appeals also allow people to choose their value chains base on their passion, base on the availability of other input like land”
Adding also that the beneficiaries once the business plan is ready and accepted done according to the tenets, of the agencies, will be empowered to go into the value chain they have chosen
He restated, “Enugu state government is fully on the move that the youths must participate in Agriculture , that why we are part of the state where appeals , Agro processing productivity enhancement and livelihood support project and livelihood project is working
“we have about 1615 women and youths that have been selected to participate as beneficiaries, we have done their training that was done in three batches and in different institutions
“And the next is to get their business plan done and Empowerment follows immediately,
We are taking 1615 women and youths into different value chains of Agriculture like cassava production, processing and maketing, Rice production, processing and maketing, cashew, production, processing and marketing and the livestocks which includes poultry, Aqua Culture, all the value chains has prodction processing and marketing .
“And people are allowed to choose their value chains base on their passion, base on the availability of other input like land, as beneficiaries once the business plan is ready and accepted done according to the tenets, of the agencies, they will be empowered to go into the value chain they have chosen ” he stated