Aisha, wife of the President Muhammadu Buhari has asked young Nigerians and women to return to farm to boost the country’s food production.
Launched a Green schools agricultural initiative at Aliyu Mustafa College Yola yesterday, June 11, she expressed her desire to see that women and young people become self-reliant through farming.
She urged young people to see agriculture as a business and a way to grow Nigerian economy.
“This initiative is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s mission of stimulating youth interest in agriculture by providing special incentives for youths involved in agricultural production and processing, in a bid to reduce the problems of youth unemployment and replace the ageing farm population in the country.
She commended Notore for the initiative and called on the private sector, non-governmental organizations and extension agencies to invest in agriculture.
Speaking earlier, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Notore Power & Infrastructure, Femi Solebo said that many Nigerian youths have not been interested in going into Agriculture as a career due to misconceptions about the sector.
He said that though Nigeria is blessed with abundant arable land, there is a gap between food production and demand of Nigerians.
He also spoke about a rapidly ageing active farmer population, expressing the fear that when the current farmers retire, Nigeria will face a major crisis in food production.
Solebo said the Green School Initiative is meant to ignite the interest of students in Agriculture and encourage them to pursue agriculture related careers.
According to him, the initiative involves partnering with Secondary Schools across Nigeria to establish demonstration farms that will be used to teach students modern agricultural techniques and best practices.