Extension agents get 220 vehicles, motorcycles

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The Northeast Commodity Association (NECAS) has procured 220 motorcycles and distributed to extension agents in the region.

NECAS also distributed utility vehicles to the all the zonal supervisors for easy accessibility to over 20,000 farmers.

The states are Taraba, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Yobe, while Borno was not included because of  insecurity.

The  NECAS National President Mallam Sadiq Daware said in Abuja that earlier N14.9 billion loan was distributed to the NECAS farmers under the platform of Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP).

He said input were also given to farmers on loan basis and they were expected to pay back in three phases.

“Starting with first payment of 40 per cent after the first farming cycle, then they would pay the remaining two cycles of 30 per cent making a total of 100 per cent.

“Before now, the size of each farm had been captured and an identity card was issued to each of the beneficiaries of the project for easy identification and documentation to enable them to access the required support.

“The agents are to oversee all the farms in the Northeast that are producing rice, maize, millet, sorghum and even small ruminants amongst others.”

Dware said for the successful implementation of the exercise, the extension workers had been taught the working systems of modern technologies in service delivery and they were optimistic that the training would be beneficial to the farmers.

According to him, the efforts are geared toward encouraging increased agricultural production in line with the drive to diversify the economy.

“NECAS has 128 retired extension agents recruited privately for the programme in Adamawa, the programme is in other five states and they are re-trained on modern technologies in enhancing their job performance.

“For example, they are supervising 11,525 farmers that are cultivating 38,678 hectares of land for maize, sorghum, soya beans, rice and cotton in Adamawa, while the nearest to it Yobe where farmers are cultivating 14,666 hectares of land by 5,676,’’ he said.

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