By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
Centre for Social Change and Economic Development Nigeria (CSCED) on Saturday said it has commenced the training of 600 farmers and herders on alternative feedstock and commercial opportunities from its value chain development in Taraba State to mitigate farmers/herders crisis.
Alhaji Mustapha Baba, the team leader disclosed this in an interview in Jalingo.
Baba noted that 20 agricultural extension workers which were already trained in 2020 had finished refresher course for the outreach extension training for 600 farmers and herders on alternative livestock fodder/feedstock and other opportunities.
According to him, the training was been done in collaboration with with Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the ministries of Agriculture of Taraba, Benue and Nassarawa where the programme was currently being implemented.
“We commenced the outreach training of the farmers and herders in the most vulnerable areas of farmers/herders crisis in the state.
“The extension workers are grouped into three based on the three senatorial zones of the state to handle the outreach training which is expected to be completed in four weeks where each of them training at least 30 farmers and herders,” he said.
Baba explained that the main aim of the training which was supported by United Nations Peace Building, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) and UN Women was to curb farmers/herders crisis in the country.
He said the formulation of alternative feeds using ammonia, urea and aroma therapy would help reduce the over natural resources and enhance nutrition for the animals and fertility of land for the farmers.