The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), on Tuesday, commenced the training of 50 unemployed youths in Edo State on agricultural production and distribution systems.
The training is designed to help provide a more profitable farming system and promote environmental stewardship.
Director-General of NDE, Mr. Nasir Mohammed, said at the launch of the training in Benin that the programme would involve arable and livestock production for three months.
Mohammed, who was represented by state coordinator, Mrs Ayo Edegbai, added that the training would enhance the quality of life for farming families and communities.
He encouraged participants to key into the programmes, adding that agriculture and its value chains would put food on their tables and make them to live above poverty as well as eventually be employers of labour.
“The agricultural training will be a landmark and a great milestone in its employment generation and poverty eradication in the nation.
“The diversification of economy which is a major policy of the Federal government gives agriculture a pride of place right now.
“We all now know the agricultural sector can easily mop up the unemployable situation in our land,” he said.
He reiterated the commitment of NDE to empower various categories of unemployed and vulnerable persons through its various programmes.