Government says it has formulated an employment strategy for youths mostly in the rural areas.
Sports and Youth minister Chishimba Kambwili says government has through his ministry formulated the strategy which will identify land in different parts of the country for agriculture development.
Mr. Kambwili said that the strategy is partnership with the International Labour Organization, the Danish government and the African Development fund.
ZANIS reports from Kabompo District that the minister said this during a meeting held at the council chambers.
Mr Kambwili said the implementation of the strategy will start next year in Mwenge where one thousand youths are expected to apply for small farming plots.
He stated that government with its partners will provide start up farming inputs for those who will engage in agriculture while others will be given machinery to set up crashing industries
He highlighted that the projects will encourage some youths to grow soya beans that is currently on demand in the country while some will be given machinery to crash soya beans for easy transportation to companies that are making cooking oil.
“ We are encouraging youths to grow soya beans and then some will be given machinery to crash the beans into finished products in order to add value to the product,” he said.
Mr Kabwili was further disappointed to learn that only two youths in Kasempa district benefited from last year’s youth Development Fund.
He has since directed North western Provincial youth Coordinator to hold a seminar for the youths in Kasempa following several complaints from youths on the lack of knowledge on how to apply for YDF.
And one of the youth beneficiaries Saviour Tongatonga called for the establishment of a district youth coordinating office that will help youths in formulating good projects proposals