FG earmarks N285bn for youth agric programme- Foundation

The Executive Director, Local and General Agricultural Development Foundation (LOGADEF), Prince Ibrahim Anas, said the Federal Government has earmarked the sum of N285 billion for speedy implementation youths agricultural programme.

Anas made this known in Owerri on Wednesday while speaking to newsmen on preparations for the forth coming LOCADEF/Imo 2016 All Nigerian Agric Trade Fair.

The fair has the theme “Agriculture for National Economic Diversification, Growth and Development towards total Eradication of Poverty, Employment generation for National Revenue improvement.”

He said the measure was in line with the Federal Government’s efforts to focus strongly on agricultural reawakening (especially among the youths) and rural community development.

Royalnews.com.ng reports that the agric trade fair is being organized by LOCADEF, in collaboration with the Federal Government with support from the Imo Government.

Anas noted that the fair, the 10th in the series, was expected to attract participants from the 36 states of the federation as well as the 774 Local Governments Areas in the country.

“This year’s edition is in support of Mr President’s quest for the economic diversification from oil to non-oil sector making agriculture a major contributor to our country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” he said.

The Chairman of the National Organizing Committee and Imo Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Udoh Agoha, said the fair was meant to showcase the state to the world through the exhibition of agriculture products produced in the state.

He assured that necessary logistics had been taken care of by the state government to make the exercise a huge success.

He said the state government was intent to changing the people’s orientation in agriculture hence the “Back to Land Project” recently launched by Gov. Rochas Okorocha.

Agoha said the trade fair, the second in the state, would provide opportunity for the stakeholders to rob minds in order to take agriculture to another level.

”The Back to Land Project was to get the people back to agriculture so they will produce, process and show case to the world.

“When we produce we showcase our products for the world to know that Imo has indeed arrived in agricultural revolution

“All the LGA’s in the state have been mobilized for the agric fair which begins on the 21st of this month.

“The state government wants to re-direct the people’s mind because we have dwelt enough on oil.”

The commissioner added that the Agric Trade Fair will showcase products and equipment and will host the 774 LGAs of the country, and other agencies affiliated to the agric sector.

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