The Federal Government in collaboration with Peace Advocacy and Community Development Initiative (PACDIN), has concluded plans to train over 4000 extension workers across Nigeria.
The Director, Department of Agricultural Extension of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (DAE), Mrs Karima Babangida, made this known at a news conference in Abuja .
Babangida, who was represented by the Deputy Director of DAE, Mr Ifidon Ohiomoba, said the initiative with PACDIN, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), was to ensure rural farmers got requisite knowledge for improved productivity.
“The essence of the partnership with PACDIN is to train some field level extension workers to support farmers in the field with knowledge and information.
“The intriguing thing here is the partnership between government and an NGO.
“Training has always been left in the hands of government but now we are seeing a situation where NGOs are coming in to support government to train extension workers so that they can inform and guide farmers more appropriately.
“We all know that knowledge is what is driving development these days and farmers need to be aware. It is what you know that you can apply.
“We are starting from Minna with this initiative. We are getting representatives of extension workers from across the states.
“We hope to train at least 10 extension worker from each state in the programme.
The training is commencing on Wednesday for three days in Minna,” she said.
Mohammed Yusuf, Chairman PACDIN, said the organisation decided to take up the project in view of the fact that food security was tantamount to peace.
“When there is hunger there is no peace; so, the initiative is poised towards alleviating hunger to ensure peace.
“The training is a mechanism to bring food to everybody’s table and modernising the system of farming to ensure more extension services at the rural areas, to ensure the interest of the federal government is met.”
The chairman said, relevant stakeholders had been invited to participate in the training to ensure policy decision that would ensure changes for sustainable development.
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