By: Kazeem Biriowo
The National Youth Service Corps on Tuesday, disclosed plans to revive its existing partnership with National Cereals Research Institute(NCRI), Badeggi, Niger State with a view to training more Corps Members in modern farming to boost agricultural production.
It said the Corps is keying into the Federal Government’s agenda on the diversification of the economy though agriculture.
NYSC Director General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim disclosed this today during a virtual meeting with the Management of the Institute led by its Executive Director, Dr Aliyu Umar.
While commending the institute’s mentorship of Corps Members and NYSC Agric Officers, especially in rice farming, he sought for a well articulated and robust partnership that will ensure more bumper harvest for the Scheme through comprehensive training and supervision by the Institute.
He also commended the Institute’s assistance in achieving a bumper harvest at NYSC rice farm in Kebbi State which it desires to replicate in all the States.
To realise the objective and make NYSC a less burden on Government’s lean resources, the DG proposed a Memorandum of Understanding and appointment of Desk Officers between the two agencies to oversee the partnership.
‘We don’t want NYSC to be seen as a burden to the Federal Government, and we want to generate fund from our farms,” lbrahim said.
In his response, the Executive Director of NCRI, Dr Aliyu Umar commended NYSC for its keen interest in the Institute and assured that Corps Members would be incorporated in the customised training for good agricultural practices run by the Institute.
Dr Aliyu further appreciated the NYSC for the sustained partnership and disclosed that Corps Members would be trained on rice value chain from production to utilisation, and in other crops such as soya beans, sugarcane, Benin seed, among others.
“There is provision for customised training for both in-house and outside the station activities,” he said.