The Nigerian government is to set up centres for skill acquisition in agricultural vocations across the country.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh says the centers will be designed to help interested Nigerians acquire vocational skills in all fields of agriculture to increase manpower in the sector and create employment for the teeming population.
The minister says the policy is also aimed at bringing development to rural communities while boosting food production.
According to the Minister, the Federal Government has already acquired 100 hectares of land at Gaobe, in Kuje Area Council of the FCT for the establishment of the skill acquisition centre in the Federal Capital Territory.
He disclosed this during his meeting with the management of Triton Aqua Africa Limited, Nigeria led by its Chairman, Ashvin Samtani in his office in Abuja.
Ogbeh, also said that the country needs to encourage local production of other species of fish aside cat fish and tilapia species adding that government would continue to partner with research institutes and private groups to engage in massive investment in fish production.
The Chairman, Triton Aqua Nigeria Limited Mr. Ashvin Samtani who led the delegation to the ministry, explained that as part of their contributions to the vision of the present administration in creating jobs, his company had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Oyo state government to help in training and employment generation for the youths in the state.
The Minister of Agriculture also disclosed that supervision of the three universities of agriculture in the country would soon revert to the ministry, adding that he undergraduate in agricultural science would be encouraged to own farms and agro companies.