From MOHAMMED ABDULLAHI, Keffi
About 4,000 unemployed youths and women in Nasarawa State have been trained on poultry production business by a private firm from Plateau State.
The Managing Director of Bilya Farms Group Limited, Jos, Plateau State, Alhaji Bilyamin Almustapha told newsmen in Akwanga during the weekend stated that the measure was to make the beneficiaries self reliant and reduce unemployment.
Almustapha believed the effort would also reduce youth restiveness and enable them contribute their quota to the development of the state and the country at large, adding that the training was under the farm’s Youths and Women Empowerment Scheme targeted at providing the beneficiaries with poultry production skills.
Almustapha therefore stressed the need for collaboration with government at all levels and relevant bodies in order to boost agricultural production in the state and the country considering its importance to national socio-economic development.
The farm has been established to boost food security, sufficiency as well as to tackle unemployment and to improve on the standard of living of Nigerians as such we are into both livestock production and crop farming considering the importance of agriculture to national development’, he disclosed.
“I want to let you know here that in the last one month, we have trained over 3,800 unemployed youths and women on poultry production in Nasarawa State and we intend to train more and we also trained 2,000 youths and women in Lafia, the state capital then we moved to Keffi and Akwanga Local Government Areas to train 1,000 and 800 youths and women, respectively he further disclosed’.
“All these trainings were done to equip them with management, sanitary and feeding ratio poultry production skills to enable them become self reliant,” he explained.
Almustapha also said: “We want the the government, Bank of Agriculture, the political class and other stakeholders to collaborate with us in order to boost livestock and crop production for the overall development of the country.
He also disclosed that the group has distributed day old chicks at subsidized rate to those trained to retain their interest in agriculture.
The Managing Director then pledged to continue to initiate good agricultural and other policies and programmes that are of direct bearing on the lives of Nigerians.