Ninety Thousand graduate youth are anticipated to be skilled in agriculture by the National Service Scheme (NSS) by way of an$ 11.8 million partnership undertaking with Agri-Impact Group.
The four-year strategic companionship undertaking, funded by the Master Card Foundation goals to harness agricultural productiveness and execsperity for the youth, aligning with the nationwide imaginative and prescient of empowering the youthful technology and fostering entrepreneurship.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Agri-Impact Group, Daniel Fahene Aquaye, who made the revelation on the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the 2 institutions on Wednesday in Accra added that the undertaking was“ambitious and transformative.”
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He stated the 90,000 graduates who would undergo the prepareing programme beneath the undertaking, would as effectively prepare others beneath their umbrella.
“The project intends to create jobs for 316, 000 youths in Ghana in four agricultural value chains namelyrice, soya, tomato and poultry,” the CEO defined.
“The project has been designed to be implemented by eight partners of which the NSS is a minor partner in all the areas we will be implementing this project,” he added.
This substantial endeavor, he stated was poised not simply to create employment however to additionally significantly enhance agricultural production, cut back imports, and stimulate job creation among the many youths throughout the nation.
“We have a target of increasing food production by 189,000 tonnes of the value chain and 12,000 tonnes of poultry, and we anticipate to generate over $200,000 dollars per annum in the form of imports substitution,” Mr Aquaye added.
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This undertaking being the most important among the many Master Card Foundation initiatives, can also be the primary time an area establishment is getting used for the implementation of such initiative.
He stated the partnership was not confined to city centres, however wouldextend to rural areas, aiming to carry shared prosperity to the youth all through the nation, “so that the rural youths will also get the opportunity to contribute to the agricultural production in the country and benefit from the job opportunities.”
The Executive Director of NSS, Osei Assibey Antwi, on his half defined that the undertaking centered on youth improvement, productivity, technological innovation, and the institution of a price chain which aligns with the President’s imaginative and prescient of lowering meals imports, equipping the youth with important abilities, and getting ready them for the job market.
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He stated the NSS this yr, deployed personnel to the agricultural sector, signalling a shift in focus and a want to make a considerable impression.
The agriculture undertaking, Mr Antwi indicated, added to the checklist of varied initiatives to help graduates to develop their abilities and turn out to be self-employed.
He stated the scheme by way of the federal government had secured about 20,000 acres of farmland to drive curiosity in agriculture among the many youths with the fitting state-of-the-art expertise to allow mechanised farming.
The companions expressed commitment to inexperienced practices, urging the continual implementation of greenhouses as they embark on this transformative journey in the direction of sustainable and technologically superior agricultural improvement.
BY STEPHANIE BIRIKORANG