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Job creation: NDE engages youths in dates, oil palm farming

Job creation: NDE engages youths in dates, oil palm farming

As part of its efforts to create more jobs for teeming Ni­gerian youths, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) says it is commencing farm project of Palm Tree plantation in Nigeria, saying that the palm tree revolution will specifically include Date and Oil Palm trees.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the Director-General of the NDE, Dr. Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Ar­gungu, on new strategies for em­ployment creation, said that the gi­ant stride of the government in Rice Farming which has resulted into a fall of Rice Import net from 1.2 mil­lion metric tonnes in 2014 to only 58 tons in 2016 is a pointer to the fact that Agriculture as the mainstay of humanity has the potential to lead the desperately needed economic re­bound from the yearlong doldrums.
Date is a sweet sticky brown fruit that grows on Date Palms common­ly found in the North Africa and Western Asia. Oil palm on the other hand is the most widely planted and protected tree as well as the most economic and useful tree within the traditional farming system of South Eastern and Western Nigeria in the 60s to the early 80s.
According to him, NDE will cre­ate a new scheme under the Rural Employment Promotion (REP) Programme called ‘’Green Cash for Nigerian Youth’’ under which the Directorate will focus essentially on Economic Trees. He also said efforts are on top gear to secure at least one million high yield seedlings of both Date and Oil palms to kick start the project in the northern part of the country. He said the selected youths in the South-South and South-West will concentrate on Oil Palm planta­tion.

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