World Bank group empowers Enugu women, youths in Agriculture
By Millicent Onaga, Enugu
The World Bank Assisted Project, Agro- Processing Productivity Enhancement And Livelihood Support project, APPEALS, has selected 1,615 women and youths as beneficiaries in Enugu State.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Matthew Idu, while speaking in a chat, stated that this is part of measures to encourage youths to go fully into Agricultural system.
While noting that Enugu is one of the States where ‘Appeal project’ is working seriously to ensure that women and youths with passion for Agriculture are encouraged to go into the various value chains of Agriculture, the Commissioner said, “the Appeals also allow people to choose their value chains based on their passion, the availability of other inputs like land, etc”
He added that once the business plan is ready, accepted and executed according to the tenets, of the agencies, they will be empowered to go into the value-chain they have so chosen.
He restated, “Enugu State government is fully on the move that the youths must participate in Agriculture, that’s why we are part of the State where APPEALS, Agro processing productivity enhancement and livelihood support project and livelihood project is working.”
“We have about 1, 615 women and youths that have been selected to participate as beneficiaries, we have done their training and that was done in three batches and in different institutions. And the next is to get their business plan done and then, Empowerment follows immediately
“We are taking 1, 615 women and youths into different value-chains of Agriculture like cassava production, processing and marketing, Rice production, processing and marketing, cashew, production, processing and marketing and the livestocks which includes poultry, Aqua Culture, all the value chains has production processing and marketing .
“And people are allowed to choose their value chains base on their passion, base on the availability of other input like land, as beneficiaries once the business plan is ready and accepted done according to the tenets of the agencies, they will be empowered to go into the value-chain they have chosen “, he stated.