Nigeria to flag off first graduate farmers’ scheme

Na'ankwat Dariem, Abuja

In an effort to provide food and jobs for Nigerians, the Nigerian government is set to commence its Graduate Farmers’ Scheme in the country.

Nigeria’s Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu will flag off the programme on Thursday 28th July, 2016 at Kampe Irrigation Scheme (Ejiba), Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State North Central Nigeria.

It would be recalled that the Federal Government of Nigeria in June, 2016 signed an agreement with the Songhai Nigeria Farmson Graduate Employment Scheme/Farm Settlement Schemes.

The scheme would be located in each of the 109 Senatorial District. They would enhance the ability of the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) to package their water services with the provision of complementary basic rural infrastructure which would improve agriculture and food security.

According to the Director of River Basin Operations and Inspection of the ministry, Dr. Musa Ibrahim, the project is anchored by the Lower Niger Basin Development Authority. He therefore called on other River Basins to take a cue from the flag off as this would be replicated in all the twelve RBDAs across the country.