FG Empowers 20 Young Farmers with an Initial take off Grant of N30 Million
The Federal Government through the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) said it has empowered 20 young Nigerian Farmers with an initial take off grant of N30 Million selected from the Naija Farmer Reality show youth empowerment project that is aimed principally to transform unemployed Nigerian youths to employers of labour.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, who was represented by the Director, Animal Husbandry Department, Mrs. Winnie Lai- Solarin, while speaking during the grand finale of the show held at the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), in Apo, Abuja, charged the youths to be good Ambassadors and role models to upcoming interested farmers at their various states and communities.
Nanono said that all the participants would receive a Seed Capital from BOA and other financial institutions to establish Smallholder Agribusiness.
The Promoter and Coordinator of the Naija Farmers Reality Show, Dr. Chigbo Okoil, in his welcome address, said the maiden edition of the show was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Startimes, Radio, Television and Theatre Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU), Dangote Group and other Stakeholders.
Mr. Simeon Ikechukwu Edoror from Edo State, was presented with a prize money of N5 Million as the best farmer of the Naija Farmers Realty Show while other participants went home with N1 Million each.
The Maiden edition of the reality show had 20 participants selected from the Six Geo-political zones of the country and were housed for the period of 3 months at the Naija Farmer House in Abuja.
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