Advisory Service Set To Transform Agriculture For Food Security
The Nigerian Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (NIFAAS) a forum with the vision to power a dynamic, responsive knowledge based and ICT driven agricultural extension and advisory services is set to transform agriculture to ensures food security and make Nigeria a leading player in the global food markets.
The President of NIFAAS, Professor E.A. Tologbonse, who was represented by Prof. C.K. Daudu, stated this during a North-West Zonal policy discourse on climate smart agriculture, technologies, innovations and management practice held at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
He said NIFAAS will promote a dynamic responsive people-centered, participatory, knowledge based, market oriented and ICT driven agricultural sector for sustainable development in Nigeria.
The Director Agricultural Extension Services, Kaduna Agricultural Development Agency (KADA), Alh. Ya’u Kasimu, in a remarks, said the policy discourse has come at the right time because farmers have been waiting for the way forward on climate change.
Kasimu said that his agency will take the message of the meeting to the farmers through their respective extension staff and also use of media to reach the farmers adding that all the presentations made during the meeting will help farmers to understand their problems particularly as it regards changing of weather that is happening now.
The Information, Communication and Knowledge Manager NIFAAS, Dr. Godfery Onagwa, said it is important to enlighten farmers on the current climate change which has effects on them adding that the changes that happened in the Northwest, the normal cold weather in December and January this time it has changed and for that reason, farming techniques, research and technologies must be applied in the system to escape from losing hope in food production.
Dr. Onagwa however, expressed worries over the attitude of states government over their poor support for agricultural development projects in their states instead, they starve them of funding to run their programmes, leaving them with international donor agencies.
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