Friday, 13 August 2021

Int'l Youth Day: NGO trains, empowers 48 young persons in palm oil production

Youth Training Hub Africa, a none governmental organization based in Calabar in partnership with Solidaridad an International Solution-oriented Civil Society Organization as successfully trained and empowered over 48 young persons in palm oil production using best management practices to increase yield while reducing climate damage.

In an event held in Calabar yesterday to mark the 2021 edition of the 2021 International Youth Day, 48 young persons drawn from four states of Enugu, Kogi, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States were given a grant support of N150, 000 each for oil palm production. Aside financial support they had undergone a two year intensive training and coaching on Best Management Practices for growing and Producing Oil Palm. 

Speaking with our Correspondent, some of the beneficiaries said the training they got from Solidaridad had really helped reduced cost in their farm while increasing productivity. 

Stephen Nji Nja a farmer in Ikom had this to say, "In 2019 I was part of Solidaridad training on Best Management Practices and since then there have been drastic changes in our farm, initially our farm was producing 15.3 metric tones but now it has tripled, and our experiences is far less. I cant explain in details but sincerely there have been a drastic change since i met Solidaridad. I couldn't ask for less. I want to say a big thank you to Solidaridad and all its partners " 

Ngozi Izuora Songu, Hub lead for Youth Training Hub Africa told our correspondent that her organization had always celebrated Nigerian youths through trainings and linking them up with both local and international opportunities as well as giving them a place on the table to contribute to the conversation on youth development. 

She said the event which was held by Youth Training Hub Africa in commemoration of Int'l youth day was not just to celebrate young people but to empower young people across 4 sates by Solidaridad

"Every year we commemorate the international youth day because its a land mark event. We have always pushed that the place of young people is beyond calling them as numbers. It is more of a fact that they need not just to be invited to the table but they need to have a space to contribute to the conversation."

"We drew the process in terms of mobilization to this event and also provided a space for conversation around the theme of this year. Interestingly the theme this year resonates around food systems, youths innovation for human and health. 
This means that young people must be involved in the conversation. 

Ngozi noted that Cross River as an agrarian state also accounts for 60% of young persons participating in the Agriculture sector, therefore, "there's a need to translate that figure into some real cash and one way to do that is to ensure that people do not just do traditional agricultural practices but also move it ro modern agriculture practices and one way of achieving that is to introduce them to the opportunities that are available and that's what we achieved here today. Introducing them to smart agriculture, sustainable Agriculture and the need to use technology to improve agricultural practices."

She informed that Youth Training Hub African will continue to seek for more opportunities to expand the scope and get more Young persons sponsored. While calling on the Nigerian youth to continue to be resilient and not give up the baton of life. 

"For every young Nigerian out there, we know it is though, we know it is rough, sometimes it could be excruciating. But the Nigerian youth is tipified with resilience it is not time to drop the batton. It is time to hold the batton like never before and keep running because indeed we will get to our destination." She concluded. 

High point of the event was the presentation of cheques by Solidaridad to the 48 beneficiaries across the four states and the signing of a Memorandum of Uderstanding between the Cross River State Government and Solidaridad. 

According to representatives of Solidaridad, the MoU will further enhance, the harmonious relationship between them and government as well as give them a right standing to seek for more donors to fund projects in Cross River State, especially in the agricultural sector of the state. 

"The partnership has taken our activities together further in the sense that whatever we are doing now has a legal backing, now potential donors will see that we have a documented partnership that can be relied upon. Through this partnership we can now approach donors to help support our programes and activities to reach out to more youths". He said.