Harvest Plus ; (a non – profit research organization that leads the Global efforts to improve nutrition and public health by developing stable food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals) is to engage hundreds of youth in Bio fortified Maize Seed production to complement Government’s youth empowerment and employment generation drive in Kebbi State.
The Organization works with public and private sector partners to deliver nutritious crops through it’s network of extension agents and rural facilitators
This development resulted from the outcome of the maiden edition of Agric Social media week held recently in Birnin Kebbi.
Mr Yusuf Dollah Fou’ad, Maize Specialist of the Organization who attended the week long event assured that the decision to engage youth in fortified maize seeds production is to support jobs creation and economic diversification drive of the Government as well as reduce the prevalence of malnutrition across the State.
The Specialist added that according to the national healthcare indices: Kebbi State is having the highest number of children with stunted growth in the Country ; the need for biofortified maize content could help progressively in reducing the level of malnutrition to the barest minimum.
To realise the projected target; a training programme is planned for prospective participants who will also receive Free Foundation Seeds from the Organization to kick start their seeds production ventures at the respective localities.
To this end all interested youth (males and females) are to submit their details to the following numbers for registration and documentation.