The Kaduna State Agricultural Development Agency, would train 270,000 rice, soya beans and maize farmers in the state in the next three years under the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa on best farming practices for enhanced production.
The Cooperative Officer of the agency, Malam Mukhtar Ibrahim stated this in Zaria while distributing motorcycles to some Agricultural Extension Officers, adding that the training would cover selected farmers in 19 local government areas of the state.
He said the target of the project is to train farmers on good agricultural practice and to link them to ready markets to sell their produce.
While stressing that the motorcycles were donated to encourage extension workers to get as many farmers as possible under the AGRA project.
According to him the distribution of the motorcycle is to enable the extension officers to perform their duties as expected with good results.
He said the motorcycles were donated by Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa with support from Bill Gates Foundation.
“So far we are working in six local government, which include Makarfi, Giwa, Kudan, Lere, Ikara and Kauru.
“In the second year we are adding 10 local governments and in the final year we are bringing in three more to make the total of 19 local governments covered for the three years under the project,” he said.
Ibrahim explained that 81,000 farmers are currently being trained in the six local government areas that the project took off, with “80 demonstration plots of different crops especially, rice maize and Soya beans already set up.
He urged those that benefited from the motorcycles to utilise them effectively to the benefits of farmers and success of the project.
In his remarks the Manager Maigana Zonal office of the agency, Ahmad Abubakar advised the extension officers to use the motorcycles to reach out to the farmers so as to get desired result.
One of the beneficiaries, Yahuza Abdul pledged that the extension workers would use the opportunity to reach all farmers under the programme to guide them in the best agricultural practices that would guarantee return of investment.