The Federal Government of Nigeria is working to address the ageing farming population in the country, youth unemployment, restiveness, insecurity and unorganized agricultural markets by changing the labour composition in the agricultural sector in favour of the youth and reduce crime and criminality. Accordingly, the Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP) already launched by Mr. President on 16th December, 2014 was conceived to support young commercial farmers with specialized entrepreneurial skills and access to credit to upscale their businesses. The goal of YEAP is to attain National Food Security, lay a solid foundation for a more competitive, commercialized and efficient agriculture that will help Nigeria to rapidly diversify the economy and become a global powerhouse in the food and agricultural and consequently actualize the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA)
YEAP will empower over the next three (3) years 18,500 Nagropreneurs (500 per state) and 740,000 Market-Oriented Producers (Rural Youth) 20,000 per state from 36 States and the FCT. The 36 States and FCT are to be admitted in batches in the first three (3) years of the programme. Batch 1 made up 12 States with selection from two (2) States from each zone + FCT. This will apply in Batches 2 and 3 States.
The first batch of participating states to be admitted in 2015 is: Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Enugu, Imo, Ogun, Lagos, Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Benue, Bauchi, Gombe and FCT Abuja. The programme will support each participating state for a period of three (3) years of which the states will prepare a follow-up strategy to sustain the programme.
The priority value chains include; Poultry; Aquaculture; Sheep & Goat Production; Bull Fattening; Welding & Fabrication; Repair & Maintenance of Agricultural Equipment; Foot Wear & Leather Goods Manufacture; Cassava Production & Processing; Cocoa Production & Processing; Oil Palm Production & Processing; Sorghum Production & Processing; Maize Production & Processing; Wheat Production & Processing; Groundnut Production & Processing; Snailery & Grass cutter Production; Apiculture (Beekeeping & Honey Production); Horticulture (Tomato Production & Processing and Orchard & Nursery Establishment) and Agricultural Extension Services.
Accordingly, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development invites interested and eligible potential Nagropreneurs (Graduated Youth) and Market Oriented Producers (Young School Leavers and Out of School Rural Youth) of age 18-35 years and registered business entrepreneurs, Youth Associations in the above mentioned States to express interest in participating in the Programme.
Qualification Criteria
In order to be considered, interested applicants should submit Expression of Interest documents accompanied with following:
i. Name (Male or Female)
ii. Marital status
iii. Date of birth/age declaration
iv. Present place of residence
v. Contact details
vi. Academic qualification and date
vii. Tertiary Institution attended
viii. Letter of attestation from Ward/Community Head
ix. Photocopies of iii, vi, vii, and viii are to be attached
x. Any other documents to support the qualification of application
xi. Evidence of registration where applicable
Submission of Expression of Interest Document
Expression of Interest Documents must be addressed to the Honourable Minister of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and submitted in three (3) copies including one (1) original and two (2) copies with selected value chain and state of residency clearly written on the top right corner of the envelop on or before 12noon of Tuesday 31st March, 2015 to the addresses below:
                        The Secretary
                        Ministerial Tenders Board
                        Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
                        Ground Floor, Room F001
                        FCDA Secretariat, Area 11 – Garki, Abuja.
a)         State Directors
Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the following States: Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Enugu, Imo, Ogun, Lagos, Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Plateau, Bauchi and Gombe.
Notification of Successful Applicants
The expression of Interest documents will be evaluated and successful applicants will be notified accordingly through Newspaper publication, Notice Board of Submission Centers, Official Website of the Ministry, e-mail addresses and telephone.
Please Note
i)          Please ensure that you register your Expression of Interest
  (EOI) document and obtain your submission slip.
ii)         For clarifications/complaints please contact Procurement Department through this mobile phone number – 2348186564413
ii)         Late submission of bids will be rejected.
iv)        Consideration shall not be based on indigeneship of a State but on residency.
Signed: Arc S.T. Echono, fnia, Permanent Secretary.
Daily Trust.


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