The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), on Wednesday, trained 40 extension agents on tools and methodologies on selected agricultural value chains in Edo.
Speaking at the opening of the training programme, Dr Mohmmad Abubakar, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, noted that extension delivery was critical to all agricultural policies and research.
Represented by the State Director, Edo FMARD office, Wellington Omoragbon, Abubakar said that the training was one of several strategies planned by the ministry to halt the drift in the country’s extension delivery system.
“One of the key recommendations of a Special Committee set up at the inception of this administration was to build the capacity of youths.
“And existing practitioners in extension service delivery, exposing and equipping them with global best practices and tools, to enable them to deliver efficiently.
” This training is the first in a series of batches that will empower you with the knowledge to enhance service delivery to farmers,” he said.
According to him, Nigerians were desirous of seeing that our extension service delivery system met global competitiveness to ensure we have adequate food.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Ernest Umakhihe noted that the capacity building was designed to bridge the gap between farmers, research and innovations.
Represented by Mr Ifidon Ohiomoba, the training supervisor, Umakhihe said that the only way to guarantee food security was to reposition the ADP system, through training.
“Through the provision of equipment and tools, as well as funding to carry out their primary mandate and responsibilities to farmers,” he said.
Earlier, in his address of welcome, the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Peter Aikhuomobhogbe commended the ministry for the capacity building programme.
Aikhuomobhogbe stated that the training would empower participants with skills in the use of extension delivery methodologies and tools, as well as the global best practices in agricultural value chains.