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NIFAAS Set To Transform Agriculture For Food Security


By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria 

The  Nigerian Forum for  Agricultural Advisory  Services  (NIFAAS)  is  set to  transform  agriculture  that  ensures  food  security  and  make  Nigeria  a  leading  player in the   global  food  markets.

Professor  E.A.  Tologbonse,  President of NIFAAS    stated  this  during  a  North-West  Zonal  policy  discourse  on  climate  smart   agriculture,  technologies,  innovations and  management   practice  held  at  Ahmadu  Bello  University, Zaria

Represented   by  Prof.  C.K.  Daudu of  NAERLS, he    said  it  is the  vision   of  NIFAAS to  power  a  dynamic,  responsive  knowledge   based  and  ICT –   driven  agricultural  extension and  advisory  services.

According  to  him, NIFAAS  will  promote  a  dynamic  responsive  people-centered, participatory,  knowledge   based  market  oriented  and  ICT   driven agricultural sector  for  sustainable  development  in  Nigeria.

In his  remarks, the   Director  Agricultural  Extension  Services  of  Kaduna  Agricultural  Development  Agency (KADA),  Alh. Ya’u  Kasimu  said  the  policy  discourse  has  come  at  the  right  time  because  farmers  have  been  waiting  for the   way  forward  on  climate  change.

Alh.  Ya’u  Kasimu said that his  agency  will take  the  message  of the  meeting  to the  farmers  through their  respective  extension staff  and  also  use  of  media  to reach the  farmers.

The  Director  further  said,  all   the  presentations  made  during  the  meeting   will  help  farmers to  understand  their  problems  particularly  as  it regards   changing of  weather that is  happening  now.

Dr.  Godfery Onagwa, Information, Communication and Knowledge Manager NIFAAS said  it is  important  to  enlighten farmers  on the  current climate  change  which  has  effects  on them.

He  said  as  they witness  how the  changes  happen  in the North- West,  the  normal  cold  weather  in  December and  January  this  time  it has   changed and  for that  reason,  farming  techniques,   research  and  technologies  must be  applied  in    the  system  to  escape  from  losing  hope  in food  production.

Dr. Onagwa  also  expressed  worries  over the  attitude  of  states  government  over  their  unseriousness  to  support  agricultural  development  projects  in their  states instead,  they  starve  them  of  funding  to run their  programmes, leaving  them  with intetnational donor  agencies.



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