The Minister of State, in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has identified agriculture as key to bridge the unemployment gap in the country. She expressed the administration’s determination to embark on integrated and demonstration farms in the six Area Councils of the territory.
The minister gave this commitment when she visited Integrated Farms Limited in collaboration with SCC Nigeria Limited in Kagoro area of Kaduna state.
Dr. Aliyu also affirmed that soil test will commenced by January 2020 in the six Area Councils to ascertain the viability of the project in each of the councils.
Aliyu noted that the proposed integrated and demonstration farms when established will further strengthen and empower farmers, thereby bridging the unemployment gap in the nation’s capital.
She, however, expressed confident that Abuja has a huge market to accommodate all produce from such integrated farms, stressing that it will further enhanced the economic activities of the territory.
“I came here with chairmen of the six area councils to carry out an on the spot assessment of Integrated Farm in collaboration with SCC Nigeria Limited with a view to replicating such in all the councils across the territory. What we have seen so far is quite encouraging and I can assure you that it is achievable.
I have no doubt in my mind that if properly executed in the FCT, it will not only bridge the unemployment gap, but it will further boost the economic activities of farmers. We as an administration will continue to strengthen and empower the youth and women in the agricultural value chain,” she said.
She, therefore, called on the management of the farm for technical support especially in the area of training, noting that such assistant will further deepen the existing relationship between the FCT Administration and the constructing firm.
One of the agronomists, Mr. Kabiru Sule, who took the minister round the farm, explained that the farm has lifted thousands of youth out of poverty.
He said that if government must wage a decisive war against unemployment and poverty, the potential in the agricultural sector should be harnessed.
The Council boss gave assurance of their determination to key into the agricultural project, aimed at tackling unemployment among rural youths.