Youths are said to be the driving force of an economy, the Federal College of Horticulture (FCH) Dadin Kowa in Gombe State is aware and making effort to empower them.

The college has organised and trained 110 youths and women on fish production.

Declaring the 4-day training workshop closed on Friday in Dadin Kowa, Provost of the College Professor Fatima Sawa, said the training and the starter pack that was provided for participants was to encourage self-reliant amongst youths and women.

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Represented by acting Registrar of the college , Muhammad Tukur, the provost said, "We hope that these starter packs will take you to the next level you all anticipate, he however, warned them against sale of the starter packs or failure to put the knowledge gained at the training into use.”

In his remark, the Coordinator of the training workshop, Muhammad Abdullahi Kashere, said the training of 110 youths and women drown from 10 states of Federation was to boost their economic and ensure food security to the nation.

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He said, "There is a vast gap in fish production in Nigeria, we hope this training will bridge the gap.”Speaking on behalf of other participants, Salihu Musa and Hafsat Muhammad, thanked the college for the gesture and expressed optimism that the training will go a long way in changing their lives.

Others interviewed shared their plans to ensure that the skills learnt is transformed into a profitable venture.

Aisha Muhammad Dangana, from Nasarawa State said, "This training is not for me alone, if I go back home, I will try and train other youths on the Fish production skills learnt here so as to have more people in the business".

The starter packs presented to the 100 participants include 50 fingerlings, fish feeds, a 200 liters plastic basin, 20,000 and other fish farming equipment.

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