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FGN/IFAD to effect increase in productivity of farmers by 25%

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FEDERAL Government of Nigeria, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development Programme of Value Chain Development (FGN/IFAD-VCDP) has reassured their commitment on enhanced increase in production and productivity of at least 50% of 135,000 small holder farmers by 25% by the end of the programme’s life.

  National Programme Coordinator (NPC), Mr. Garba Bala made this known on the occasion of a-2 day training of trainers (ToT) on pre-season workshop for 2022 cropping season, held in Nibo, Anamabra State.

  The NPC in an opening remark, ably represented by the Agricultural Production Advisor, Dr. Chika Unamma, reminded the participants of the essence of the workshop which is to equip them more on the job of extension services to the farmers for more productivity.

  Earlier, the state Programme Coordinator of the Anambra State VCDP, Mr. E.N Agwuncha, in a remark, enjoined the participants to embrace the teachings of the workshop to improve their knowledge of the extension work, as well as improve their lives as extension workers.

  He encouraged them to make their job practical and creative towards becoming experts in their field.

  The Agricultural Production Advisor (APA), Dr. Unamma stressed that the workshop is to beef up and to acquaint the extension workers of the programme with the knowledge and ideas to impact on the farmers, starting from the pre-season to the in-season and post-season.

  He also urged them to ensure they carry out the teachings of the workshop to the later as this would be consequent on the productivity level during harvest.

  Speaking in an interview, one of the extension agents, Orumba North Local Government, Mrs Obiefo Mary said the training was really key as it freshens their minds of some technicalities to be applied in aiding farmers with the guides required for the cropping season during their step down training.

  Also, one of the lead farmers present at the workshop, Mr. Fidelis Ozor, said he learnt a lot and would ensure he applied the knowledge in his farming activities and promised to educate his cooperative and other farmers around him of the knowledge he has acquired.

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