The Federal Government through the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, has embarked on the establishment of agricultural park in Katsina state, Nigeria. The park would boost the agricultural sector and employ several thousands of unemployed youths as well as generate foreign earnings for the country.
Already, the park which is located in Sabuwa Local Government Area of Katsina state has agribusiness clusters in its first phase development has gulped over N100m in its 1st phase and has also employed many youths as stated by the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment, (NDE) Mallam Abubakar Mohammed as he visited the Governor of Katsina State Aminu Bello Masari with the team of NDE officials.
This 1st phase of the agricultural park is made up of poultry production to include table bird and egg production, feed milling, aquaculture like hatchery, grow-out, fish smoking, green house to include tomato and chilies pepper, open field cultivation of crops rain-fed and with drip irrigation. It will also take care of food processing like crop processing, vegetable preservation, chicken processing, export grade fish-smoking and fish oil production as well as bio-gas production, bio-pesticides, bio-fertilisers, compost and organic manure production.
Mallam Mohammed explained that the NDE Agricultural Park as an all inclusive agricultural business, provides solutions to barriers to successful agricultural entrepreneurship and promote farm extension services to beneficiary communities, drives agricultural technology adoption and adaption, value addition and commercialization of products of research and development. He also said, “As a matter of fact, the whole gamut of it is designed to strategically key into the federal government’s commitment to developing agriculture as a business and in the process provide decent job opportunities to the teeming unemployed youths.
“Beneficiaries of the park which include graduates of tertiary institutions will undergo hands-on-training in poultry management, aquaculture, poultry, fish ration formulation, export grade smoked fish production, crop cultivation, green house and irrigation techniques, processing and packaging techniques alongside mentor ship, civic responsibility and life skills training.”