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Food Security: Gombe launches agric extension clinic for farmers

Mr Hussaini said the gesture was borne out of the need to ensure that farmers in the state were given the right information on best agronomic practices to improve their yields.

• May 17, 2023
Farmers used to illustrate story
Farmers used to illustrate the story [PHOTO CREDIT: Federal Ministry of Information and Culture]

The Gombe State government says it has begun providing extension services to farmers to boost food security and improve their incomes.

Joseph Hussaini, Director of Technical Services in the Gombe State Agricultural Development Programme (GADP), disclosed this in an interview on Wednesday.

Mr Hussaini said the gesture was borne out of the need to ensure that farmers in the state were given the right information on best agronomic practices to improve their yields and get good returns on their investments.

He said if farmers continued to use their traditional farming approach to attain food sufficiency, they would not get the best from their vocation.

The director said extension services were a critical aspect of modern-day agriculture, hence the state ADP’s resolved to strengthen extension service provision in all its offices in the state.

“Ahead of the wet season for this year, we have opened what we call extension clinics where we empower farmers with the required information to help them boost their yield and escape poverty.

“This we do yearly, and we are enhancing the knowledge of farmers before every planting season to make sure they don’t make losses as they engage in farming,” he said.

According to him, the administration of Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has prioritised the agricultural sector and has been providing funds for agriculture research to get better ways of improving the sector.

He said the outcomes of those researches had been documented and formed part of the extension services offered to farmers across the state.

Mr Hussaini said some of the extension services provided to farmers include knowledge on the right seeds, how to boost soil health, rainfall regime, fertilisers application, and tackling diseases.

He appealed to youths and other farmers in the state to leverage the opportunity provided by the ADP to get the right knowledge before embarking on any farming activities.


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