The major constraints that farmers in the rural areas face is their inability to access fund for agricultural purposes, this constitute a major problem to agricultural productivity for the farmers, especially among youths and women in these rural areas. Hunger is the major trigger of criminality. To control insecurity and reduce the crime rate in Nigerian, the people have to be fed and to do that the people must get involved in agriculture. In fact, if these groups of people are engaged and empowered financially, it will not only reduce the level of unemployment but also ensure that a reasonable number of persons have been elevated above poverty level, it also guarantees local production of food items for the country, and food security.
In the past, government programmes have targeted such farmer in the rural areas, but these projects have been hijacked at several levels by people who do not have the interest of the farmers and the country at heart. This leaves the farmers at the mercy of people who are willing to give them funds but at higher returns or leaving these farmers behind. These farmers almost always produce a little or none at all because of illiteracy, poor access to information and other services.
The agro-industrial estate program is to be implemented in partnership with states, government agencies and ministries, private organizations and individual stakeholder who seek to close these gaps by assisting farmers in acquiring funds, information and other essential services. The program seeks to support and encourage capacity development that is necessary for enhancing productivity and also increase interest and demand for agro-businesses amongst the communities and youths by making the sector promising and lucrative.
We have a suitable record and robust relationship with our partners in the areas of animal husbandry, cattle ranching, poultry farming, aqua culture, rice farming, palm oil farming, green house agriculture etc.
Our training Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities helping us to deliver always. We also have conducive environment for training and imparting knowledge to prospective youth.
Our target participants are the civil servants and youths nationwide. Through this program every civil servant will be required to own at least one Agro project that will employ at least five (5) youths which will provide employment and thereby reduce crime and encourage personal development. These farms will be managed and monitored by Youths for Agriculture Nigeria and its partners, the state as well as the federal government. These partners will ensure the successful running of the farm projects. Which will assist the government in creating more job opportunities
The vision for Agro-Industrial Estate Program includes:
a) To enhance agricultural productivity and food security through provision of comprehensive agricultural support services to communities and rural farmers.
b) To enhance access to markets for rural farmers by providing access to off-takers and buyers.
c) To increase demand for engagement in agro-businesses at community level by providing access and support to agricultural inputs and services.
d) To reduce gender inequality in agro-businesses by advocating and promoting women and youths inclusion in agro-business programs.
e) To reduce the level of criminality in Nigeria by providing employment for the youths encourage personal development and reduce dependency on government.
HOW WE WORK
The agro-industrial estate program will accelerate a broad base agro-economic recovery through a more inclusive and competitive agricultural industry. AIEP will stimulate access to finance by strengthening partnership between financial service providers and value chain actors including input suppliers and buyers to facilitate a sustainable access to financial services for small and medium producers. Activities will also create a more effective market infrastructure for farmers and increase their profitability through better access to markets.
The project will be implemented through a multi-sectorial partnership structure involving the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Youths for Agriculture Nigeria, Paschals and Sylvesters Limited, Agric Pacific SDN Malaysia, Chubie Logistics Solutions Limited, CC Naigol Nigeria Limited, Cycus Bay Nigeria Limited, Frankmek Global Resources Limited, Southfield Communications ltd, Jocus Resources Limited and other partners acting either as off-takers, seed suppliers and others.
Youths for Agriculture Nigeria will be organized in a quasi-paramilitary structure with regimentation and ranking order. Youth farmers are to be wearing uniforms and will earn promotions and ranks based on their productivity as will be measured by the farmer’ output target and sales. The state officers will be reporting to Youths for Agriculture Nigeria consultants and commissioners for agriculture in their respective states while the state consultants will be reporting to Youths for Agriculture Nigeria national executive committee.
The vice chancellor of Nigerian universities will be the supervisors of the project according to the state and region, all projects such as seminars, workshop, trainings will be on our farm settlements.
All projects will be direct labor implementation as we will be approaching states to provide funding for the project and also make provisions for farm lands and other resources. Other resources and coordination will be provided by youth for agriculture Nigeria.
People from the rural areas, especially the teaming unemployed youths in the country will benefit tremendously from the funding that will be provided by the states and private investors, which will greatly improve their lives and personal developments.
Youths for Agriculture Nigeria has set up a powerful committee of technocrats to work out the modalities of introducing into primary, secondary schools and tertiary institution nationwide. These committee members will be drawn from government ministries and parastatals. Members of the committee shall be constituted as follows; two members from YFA, two members from the partnering companies (paschals and Sylvester and others) and one member each from the following organization
1. Central Bank of Nigeria
3. Ministry Of Agriculture and Rural Development
4. The presidency
5. Civil Service Commission
6. The Governor’ Forum
7. The world Bank
8. Africa development banks
11. Ministry of defense
12. Police affairs commission
14. Ministry of Commerce and Industry
15. Ministry of Federal Capital Territory
A youth agricultural club and youth agricultural cooperative society that will encourage mass student enrolment in agricultural activities at different levels as members who graduate from the higher institutions will be qualified to access loan from the agricultural cooperative loans for their gain full employment alongside other grants to be facilitated by Youths for Agriculture Nigeria.
Communities, groups, land owners and interested farmers can provide their lands and manpower for cultivation. YFA and its partners will then provide farming inputs and essential services which shall include:
(a) Seeding and nursery crops for planting.
(b) Heavy and light machinery e.g. tractors for clearing and tilling the soil for farming.
(c) Training and capacity building program for farmers on best practices to enhance productivity.
(d) On-farm security to ensure there is no encroachment.
(e) Buyers to buy off all agricultural produce and harvest from the farmers.
The annual work plan covers the period between January to December and outline planned activities and expected results for each project component.
During the development of this work plan, YFA staff met with stakeholders and partners to discuss the numerous economic and political changes that have taken place and or may take place in the country. These meetings served the purpose of validating and updating key assumptions for all the project components and developed the foundation for strong partnership between the project and stakeholders.
ADOPTION OF INDIAN MODEL HIGH BREED-FEEDS FARMS FOR CATTLE FARMERS.
Youths for Agriculture Nigeria will introduce Indian model high breed feeds farms for cattle grazing in Nigeria. Cattle farmers will graze their cattle with our high-breed feeds farm fields in specified locations, without roaming the streets and trespassing on private properties. Benefits includes
1. Encourage innovative modern cattle farming
2. Eradicate traditional predatory, crop destroying, cattle grazing methods/systems generally in Nigeria.
3. No more cattle rearing on the streets, trespassing on people farm lands and destroying private properties and farm crops.
4. Solves the incessant violent communal clashes between cattle farmers and the rural farm communities.
5. Restores peace and social stability in cattle farming communities.
SCOPE, OPERATIONAL PROCEDURE AND STRATEGY
The AIEP project will be implemented in communities across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, the project will reach all the 774 local governments and all the political wards in the country. The project promotes social inclusion and intends to reach men and women equally. In this pilot phase one, 50,000 beneficiaries are targeted in each state for this farming season.
The organization will partner with public and private stakeholders to establish school farms and train students in primary, secondary schools and tertiary institution in other to rekindle interest in farming. Also those school farms will be used to raise hybrid crops in which local farmers can have wider access to nursery products.
Youths for Agriculture Nigeria will introduce into primary, secondary schools and tertiary institution nationwide, a youth agricultural club and youth agricultural cooperative society that will encourage mass student enrolment in agricultural activities at different levels as members who graduate from the higher institutions will be qualified to access loan from the agricultural cooperative loans for their gain full employment alongside other grants to be facilitated by Youths for Agriculture Nigeria.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
The monitoring plan for this activity will include the following measures and activities.
(a) Weekly report from field staff.
(b) Baseline survey to measure current knowledge, attitude, practices against gains of interventions at the end of the project.
(c) Regular visit to the project sites to track implementation compliance with work plan.
(d) On the spot evaluation of training.
(e) Monthly feedback from community members through questionnaires.
(f) Daily attendance of farmers.
(g) Reports of workshops, monitoring visits and activities.
Membership registration can be done by obtaining our registration forms in our office or by visiting our website at www.yfa.org.ng. Registration fee is as follows;
1) Membership -N2,000.00
2) Housing scheme –N10, 000.00
3) Agro-investment scheme –10, 000.00
Note that membership registration fee is non-refundable.
INVESTMENT TERM (FOR INVESTORS)
The duration for investment depends on the package an investor subscribe to, a period of six years for Annual Crops and fifty years for Perennial Crops starting from the day an investor makes payment.
1) 12% interest per annum for investments in annual crops farming and animal rearing for duration of six (6) years.
2) 15% interest for investments in Agro Industrial Estate and Housing Development.
3) Fifty years for perennial crops and other purposes
Funds from private investors will be used to provide land in hectares to the people that will subscribe for the land at the YFA Agro-Industrial Estate Program to be established built and managed by YFA and its partners. The project will be supervised by staff of YFA at all levels.
Youth for agriculture Nigeria can assist agro-subscribers to acquire loans for agricultural purposes. This fund will solely be applied for farm development and these farms will be managed by YFA and its partners for the duration of the loan. The farm will be transferred to the farm owners after repayment of the loan. The farm owner can opt to retain YFA for the farm maintenance even after the repayment of the loan.
Note: A service charge of 10% will be charged by YFA for the farm maintenance. This fee does not include the percentage for the repayment of the loan nor does it include the cost of labor as this will be paid by the farm owner.
Youth for Agriculture and its partners agree to provide the following;
1) Provide heavy and light machinery like tractors to clear and till the soil for farming.
2) Provide seedlings and nursery crops for planting.
3) Provide fertilizers and manure to farmers.
4) Provide on-farm security to ensure there is no encroachment.
5) Provide training and capacity building for farmers on best practices to enhance productivity.
6) Be the sole off-taker to buy off all agricultural produce and harvest from the farms.
7) Provide soft loans and stipends to farmers to assist farming.
The farmers shall:
1) Cultivate the farms
2) Weed the farms
3) Provide all necessary farming man-power including people to till the farm, spray insecticides, plant the seedlings or manage the livestock, weed the farms, monitor all processes, harvest the farms, keep records of all day to day activities in the farms and submit monthly report of activities in the farms.
Our design and development team is pleased to present our initial vision for the development of the Agro Industrial Estate Project, we understand that this is a special property with deep significance to the communities in which they will be constructed, and as such, requires a non-traditional development approach because of the fact that it combines both residential houses and farm lands. We believe that our proposed approach not only provides an opportunity to own a house but also a form of investment for the subscribers. It is also a unique vision for an affordable and sustainable housing project. Our proposal combines development footprint for housing and highly sustainable, affordable housing.
At Youth for Agriculture Nigeria, we believe creating a new housing community is all about creating an identity. What is the personality of the surrounding context, and how can the design enhance it? What design concepts will resonate with both potential residents, as well as the surrounding population? Is there a way to keep the best aspects of the undeveloped site, while creating an amazing residential environment? The design approach for a great community isn’ based on a formula, but on ideas. It is that idea that brought about the Agro Industrial Estate Project.
Youth for Agriculture Nigeria in its quest to provide affordable housing to the public has made provision for farm lands to be sold at very affordable prices to the public. Alternatively, an individual can own a house without necessarily owning a farm within the estate.
Youth for agriculture provides the option for buyers to build their houses by themselves or be built by the YFA partnering companies or are professionals and qualified to build these houses the same also applied to their farms it can be managed by YFA or personally by the buyer. Below are the details for acquiring lands within our estates;
The size of the land varies according to the individual need. The lands have been divided into 500 square meters per plot, but can be reduced or increased at the instance of a buyer. An individual with financial capacity can buy as many plot of land as possible. Purchase of land can also be made jointly or as groups where the buyers so intend. The table below contains more details;
Payment can be made outrightly or by installments according to the arrangement that will be made at the time of purchase.
Payments will be made by installments monthly for a period of twenty four (24) months (i.e 2 years period). This period can be reviewed where necessary and on special occasions.
The success of this project depends on how investors and subscribers connect with the vision of the organizers. Our founders are passionate about agriculture, poverty elimination and personal development of every human being. It is for this vision that they have set out to find persons with like minds who are willing to better themselves and make better the lives of others, by investing in the Agro Industrial Estate Programme.
This programme provide opportunities to individuals, groups, association and organizations to own farms and houses as there are options for everyone. We hope that your organization considers this programme worthy of investment.