Group Moves To Close Gap Between Farmers, Extension Services

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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 Master trainer and extension planning meeting on Community Based Adviser model is to close the gap between the farmers and Extension Services.
Dr. Esther Ibrahim Associate Programme Officer, Alliance for   Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) who stated this at the opening ceremony of programme for Master Trainer and Planning Meeting  at NAERLS/ABU Zaria.
She said the meeting will discuss ways of helping small farmers on how to improve their farming capacity by using modern technology.
According to her, they started the programme last year in Kaduna and Niger states.
In his remarks, the Project Manager USAID/AGRA/NAERLS CBA Project Professor Chris K Daudu, an Assistant Director Research said the training will accord the participants the opportunity to find  solutions to the small farmers problem in extension as regards to the production system within two years.
Prof. Daudu said, Extension Services are facing serious challenges because most of the extension workers are retired without replacement, particularly in the states ADPs.
Also in his remarks, Malam Aminu Mu’azu from SG2000 said the meeting was to discuss on Village Based Challenges in agricultural activities.
He said the challenges faced by the community in actualizing their hopes of getting the desired harvest at the end of  the farming season will be addressed.

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