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Taraba farmers trained on new techniques of cultivation

The federal government said it trained 250 farmers in Taraba.

• February 7, 2024
Farmers in Africa used to illustrate the story.
Farmers in used to illustrate the story.[Credit: Businessday NG]

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has trained at least 250 crop farmers in Taraba on new cultivation techniques to improve yield and tackle food shortages in their communities.

Speaking at the training in Jalingo on Wednesday, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Temitope Fadeshemi, explained that the training became imperative to assist farmers in improving yields and adding value to the crops.

The farmers who participated in the one-day training were given bags of maize and rice, treated seeds, and improved varieties of pepper, okra and tomatoes for dry season cultivation.

Mr Fadeshemi said the training, which comes with empowerment, is targeted at verified and validated beneficiaries of the Ministry’s National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS).

“Today marks a significant milestone in our collective commitment to uplifting the lives of our smallholder farmers and fostering sustainable agricultural practices. 

“These farmers are not just the backbone of our agricultural sector. They are also the heartbeat of our nation’s prosperity,” he said.

According to Mr Fadeshemi, the NPRGS, in collaboration with the Federal Department of Agricultural Extension Services (FDAE), has diligently enumerated and validated the farmers for participation in the transformation programme.

In his remarks, the state’s permanent secretary at the ministry of agriculture and food security, John Pavali, commended the federal government for the support given to farmers in the state.

“The programme is not merely an investment in agriculture. It is an investment in the future of our state. 

“As we equip these farmers with tools to enhance productivity, improve resilience and embrace sustainable practices, we are laying the foundation for a more functional and prosperous agricultural sector,” Mr Pavali said.

He warned the beneficiaries against selling the inputs or cooking the maize and rice seeds given to them for planting.

(NAN) 

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