At least 30 agricultural extension agents have been trained by the Federal Government to promote agricultural production for the 2021 farming season in Edo State.
The four-day training programme which was conducted by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) spanned from Monday, March 8 to Thursday, March 11.
Speaking at the closing ceremony on Thursday in Benin City, Sabo Nanono, minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the training is part of FG’s strategies to revive agricultural extension systems with the aim of enhancing service delivery to farmers in terms of production and technical support.
“The training will build the capacity of youths and existing practitioners in the agricultural extension delivery system,” Nanono noted.
The minister, represented by Wellington Omoragbon, Edo State director of agriculture, said the fortunes of the agricultural extension system have diminished owing to insufficient funds, shortage of manpower and lack of interest in the sector.
Nanono further said the challenges confronting the extension system have also continued to affect food production, leading to a higher unemployment rate, youth restiveness and economic instability.
Source: Business Day NG