The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has trained no fewer than forty extension agents on extension tools and methodologies in selected agricultural value chains in Edo state.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mahmood Abubakar, made this known in a statement while noting that extension delivery was critical to all agricultural policies and research.
Abubakar who was represented by the State Director, Edo State FMARD Office, Wellington Omoragbon, noted that the training was one of the several strategies planned by the ministry to halt the drift in the extension delivery system in the country.
“One of the key recommendations of a special committee set up at the inception of this administration was to build the capacity of youths and existing practitioners in extension service delivery.
“Exposing and equipping them with the best global practices and tools to enable them to deliver efficiently.
“This training is the first in a series of batches that will empower you with the knowledge that will enhance service delivery to farmers,” Abubakar said.
According to him, Nigerians have the desire to see the extension service delivery system improved and at global competitiveness to ensure adequate food supply.
On his part, Permanent Secretary, FMARD, Ernest Umakhihe, expressed that the capacity building was designed to bridge the gap between farmers, research and innovations.
“The only way to guarantee food security is to reposition the Agricultural Development Project (ADP) system through training, provision of equipment’s and funding to carry out their primary mandate and responsibilities to farmers,” Umakhihe stated.
Earlier, the permanent secretary had noted that that the training was being held in all the 36 states and the federal capital territory.
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