Osun state government has concluded plans to collaborate with the Nepal khadya Bank Limited on scientific agriculture to boost agricultural activities in the state and also create jobs for unemployed youths through a programme tagged ‘Agropreneur’ in Nigeria.
The Chairman and Managing Director of the Nepal khadya Bank Limited, Mr Ram Raja Shrestha stated this during a programme organised by a non-governmental organisation, World Institute for Peace (WIP), in collaboration Osun State government.
The NGO attracted the Nepal bank to Osun as part of efforts to assist the government in facilitating investments that can improve the economy of the state and benefit the youths.
A serving member of parliament in Ghana, Dr. Rashid Pelpuo while speaking on the occasion, lauded the organiser of the programme, Mr Lamina Kamiludeen for using the NGO to assist the state and the youths.
Shrestha said the state government has agreed to provide 1,000 hectares of land for the bank for the purpose of commercial farming and that the land would be used to plant cassava and maize.
He said over 100 youths in the state would be empowered economically through the farm.
“There is about 1,000 hectares of land that the state government wants to give us. From there, we want to launch contract farming, we want to make commercial farmers, and we want to launch Agropreneur in Nigeria,” he said.