As a continuous effort in empowering youths in productive ventures the Nigerian Air Force has flagged off new farming season at 107 Air Maritime Group (107 AMG), Benin.
The farming season was inaugurated by the National President of the Nigerian Air Force Officers’ Wives Association (NAFOWA), Hajiya Hafsat Sadique Abubakar, who expressed delight over the attendance of youths who had shown interest in the scheme.
Hajiya Abubakar said that the Base Youths Empowerment Programme Through Agriculture, BYETA programme was put together for youths in the barracks but also accommodates wives of personnel interested in farming.
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She noted that the programme would keep the youths busy in productive exercise while their parents carry on with security operations across the country.
The NAFOWA President seized the occasion to introduce the first batch of fish into the pond to set off the BYETA 2018 farming season, while urging the youths to leverage on the opportunities the programme offers, in order to be independent and add to the growth of the economy.
Hajiya Abubakar further toured the pineapple and plantain section of the farm.
Meanwhile, the Commander 107 AMG, Air Commodore Emmanuel Shobande said BYETA Programme was aimed at empowering and equipping the youths in the NAF Base with necessary skills and knowledge geared towards self-employment, increased productivity and financial independence.
Shobande disclosed that the Unit started the programme with the breeding of over 1000 fishes as well as the cultivation of 500 pineapple suckers and 300 plantain suckers.
He added: “The Base Youth Empowerment Programme was an initiative of Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar in fulfillment of his vision as enshrined in one of the key drivers, which bothers on human capacity development.”
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