The Federal Government said it is in the process of engaging 30,000 graduates as soil doctors under a scheme tagged, National Young Farmers Scheme.
Executive Secretary, National Agricultural Land Development Authority, Paul Ikonne announced this on Monday in an interview with newsmen.
Ikonne said the would-be employees would serve as agriculture extension workers with responsibility to provide strategic support to farmers across the country.
According to him, “Mr. President has given approval to engage over 30,000 graduates who would be engaged under the National Young Farmers Scheme.
“They will be trained intensively for two weeks on soil sample collection and soil tests, as well as other agriculture extension services.
“So what the soil doctors will be doing is that they will go to every farmland to conduct soil tests first before any farming season in order to know what nutrient the various soils require and what type of fertiliser the crops will need.”