A leading Agribusiness and essential commodity trading company in Nigeria, Silvex International, has created no fewer than one thousand five hundred direct jobs for youth across various agricultural value chains in Kano, Jigawa, Gombe, Bauchi and Katsina this year.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Abubakar Usman Karfi, made this known while anchoring a presentation during a webinar to celebrate the International Youth Day 2021 as contained in a communique issued in Kano and signed by the moderator of the webinar Dr Adnan Aminu Adnan.
Solacebase reports that the presentation titled “Youth Engagement in Agriculture: The Silvex Solution to Insecurity and Climate” is part of the activities to mark the International Day of Youth celebrated on the 12th of August every year.
The 2021 theme is “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”
Abubakar Usman Karfi said as the world population grows, Nigeria falls under the countries suffering from a dwindling economy and abject poverty with a significant per cent of its youth unemployed which directly contribute to the current security challenges bedevilling the country.
The Managing Director mentioned that the 1,500 direct jobs were created in the Agribusiness sector of the economy via agricultural foods production to secure the needed grains for food security, raw material development for industries, production of improved seeds (for grains, pulses and vegetables), organic food production for healthy consumption and environmental preservation.
“Apart from the direct jobs, we also facilitated over ten thousand indirect jobs across the value chains through farm labour especially for rural youth such as drivers, handlers, loaders, processing factory workers and buying agents, while in the direct jobs aspect, youth were engaged as crop producers, aggregators, trainers/extension agents, processors, distributors and marketers” He confirmed
Silvex is championing climate-resilient Agriculture in partnership with the Foreign and Common Wealth Development Office of the British Government through Systems of Rice Intensification (SRI) which reduces the greenhouse emission from paddy rice fields and also the Regenerative Agriculture to promote carbon sequestration.