Desertification and climate change have continued to wreak havoc on the environment in most communities in Gombe State. 

In order to stem the tide, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with the Federal Collage of Horticulture Dadin Kowa, Gombe has organised a 5 day-training on orchard establishment for 100 youths and women.

According to the resource person from the Department of Agronomy Federal University Kashere, Professor Mohammed Sani, the exercise is well-timed because orchard establishment has one or more benefits to the society.

He said Orchards could serve as medicinal and economical protectors of the environment. 

Kashere who spoke on the topic Concept and Prospects of Horticultural Enterprises in Nigeria, said; “the greatest gift a youth can be given is knowledge rather than money”.

Declaring the training open, the Provost of the College, Professor Fatima Sawa, said the training is one of the series of training initiated by the Federal Government to curb restiveness and create youth employment in the country.

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Sawa said the training enables the participants to raise various economic trees like citrus, vegetables and for ornamental purpose as well as become orchard and vegetable entrepreneurs.

Some of the participants who spoke to Bounce News, said that the training will be a game changer for them as they journey through life. 

22-year-old Sani Musa said that he believes through the orchard business, his dreams of owning a house, a car and marrying a wife will be achieved.

Isah Aliyu said that orchard establishment will not just be a trade for him, but a way of life.

In his good will message, the Emir of Yamaltu Alhaji Hassan Usman-Jonga described the 5-day training, whose participants were drawn from across the country, as a sure way of empowering the youths.

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