FG Trains 30,000 Workers in Revamp of Extension Services in the Country
The Federal Government has said it had trained over 30,000 workers as part of efforts to revamp extension services and encourage agricultural productivity in the country.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, disclosed this on Monday at the National Wheat Farmers Field Day at Jakarade plantation in Danbatta Local Government Area of Kano state.
Nanono said the federal government planned to train 70,000 workers, 30,000 of them had completed their training designed to expose them to modern farming techniques, fertiliser and chemical application, adding that this measure was imperative towards equipping farmers with modern farming techniques, crop processing and entrepreneurial skills, to add value to agricultural produce.
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He said the Federal Government had initiated sound extension programmes, to transform agriculture and achieve food security, and urged state governments to engage them to enhance farmer support services at the grassroots.
The Minister said the programme was focused on encouraging wheat production and processing, to reduce importation of the commodity into the country and urged the state governments to encourage the development of small scale wheat processing mills to enhance the availability of wheat products.
The Kano State Deputy Governor, Nasiru Gawuna, in his remark, stated that the state government had concluded plans to establish additional water bodies and upgrade existing dams to encourage wheat cultivation and other irrigation activities.
Gawuna urged the farmers to utilise the inputs to improve their productivity and assured the farmers of government’s commitment to supporting them.
The Chairman, Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Salihu Muhammad, called for the inclusion of wheat farmers into the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrower Programme (APB) as the exclusion of their 200,000 registered members had negatively affected wheat production in the country.
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