As part of efforts to diversify the economy and ensure that youths are gainfully engaged, Nigeria has flagged off the Young Farmers Scheme.
Under the scheme, young persons across the country would be encouraged to embark  on mechanized farming in a bid to enhance sufficiency in food production.
President Muhammadu Buhari flagged off the programme Wednesday in Abuja.
The President disclosed that the youth scheme which his administration hopes would turn youthful elements in the direction of agriculture is designed by the newly-revived National Agricultural Land Development Authority, NALDA.
“Today I flagged off the National Young Farmers’ Scheme, designed by the newly-revived National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), as part of our efforts to expand and modernize agriculture in Nigeria, and also increase opportunities for youth participation”, President Buhari said on twitter.
“I have directed that all NALDA’s abandoned farm estates be retrieved to enable thousands of our young men and women to be engaged in modern, mechanized farming. I am confident that, under my watch, Nigeria will achieve food security; we will produce most of what we eat”, the President emphasized.
Recall that on its inception,  the present administration embraced agriculture as a means of promoting food security and economic diversification.
As part of the Young Farmers  Scheme,  youths are expected to receive incentives, including agricultural inputs and access to machinery.