Governors Fail To Recognize Importance Of Extension Officers In Agricultural Production – Sasakawa Director

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File photo: Farmers planting Tomato and other vegetables at Kunnawa Dam, one of those rehabilitated by the Federal Ministry Of Agriculture and Rural Development.

By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria

The Country Director, Sasakawa Global 2000, Professor Sani Miko has lamented that states Governors  fail to recognize the importance of extension officers in their respective agricultural development projects for the much needed service delivery in boosting the food production in their states and the nation as a whole.

Prof. Miko was speaking at the annual National Stakeholders Review and Planning Workshop held at the NAERLS/ABU Zaria.

He said, the way and manner state governments are handling ADPs is not proper and it’s a lamentable situation which if not properly addressed, will set agriculture backward.

The Director warned that unless state governments change their attitude and approach in ADPs and agriculture before hope of achieving sustainable goals in food production in the country can be a reality.

According to him, there are six new states that joined the train in this 2019 they are Rivers, Bauchi, Jigawa, Ondo, Abia  and Kogi respectively which were added in the Sasakawa SG2000 family.

Prof Sani Miko said, this year’s review meeting is to look at the current proposal  for the 2019 budget for scrutiny so that at the end of it, a vibrant work plan for implementation can be develop

“Also, the meeting will review, fund and suggest ways of moving agricultural activities forward through the achievements recorded by using the agricultural curriculum for Undergraduate programmes.

“The first change is the coming together of Professionals in the promotion of Sasakawa project through the extension which give them the opportunity to produce a highly experienced extension officers.”

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