20,500 Graduate, Non-graduate Farmers In Katsina To Benefit From YEAP

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The Katsina State deputy governor, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, has stated that no fewer  than 20,500 young graduate and non-gradate farmers in the state are to  benefit within the next three years from the Youth Employment in  Agriculture Programme (YEAP) initiated by the federal government.

Yakubu, who is also the state commissioner for agriculture, stated  this while inaugurating the State Steering Committee (SSC) and the State Technical Hub (STH) of the programme

Addressing members of both committees separately, the deputy governor  who doubles as the chairman of the STC, urged all those involved in  YEAP to re-dedicate themselves to success of the programme designed to  transform graduates and non-graduates in 12 pilot states into young  agribusiness entrepreneurs, otherwise known as “Nagropreneurs.”

“For the successful implementation of this programme, the STC will  have permanent secretaries level of representation from relevant ministries and other stakeholders representatives while Federal  Ministry of Agriculture’s director in Katsina State will serve as the  secretary,” Yakubu emphasised.

The deputy governor also stressed that the state government attached  great importance to the issue of youth employment and therefore  expected much from members of the committee, adding that Katsina  cherished the Federal Government’s foresight in bringing about YEAP  and the resolve of Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the  United Nations to key into it.


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