The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has begun training for 200 farmers and also distributed cassava planting materials for over 300 farmers in Edo and Katsina States.
Speaking in Katsina State, the Director of Federal Department of Agriculture, FMARD, Mrs Hajia Karima Babaginda, praised the Federal Government’s unrelenting efforts in promoting cassava production, processing and marketing activities in Nigeria.
She explained that the efforts were geared towards sustaining Nigeria’s leadership role as the largest producer of cassava in the world.
Babangida therefore implored the cassava farmers to make good use of cassava stems distributed to them by planting them according to the new technologies exposed to them.
She further encouraged them to share the planting materials and technologies with fellow cassava farmers at the end of the training session.
In his remarks, Programme Manager Katsina Agricultural Development Programme, represented by Kabir Dabo appreciated the efforts of the Federal Government in promoting cassava production in Katsina State.
Dabo, therefore, solicited more support from the Federal Government while appealing to farmers to plant cassava cuttings distributed to them on their farms according to the recommended cassava production agronomic practices.
He further urged them to extend the knowledge gained to other cassava farmers across the State.
According to the Programme Manager Root and Tuber Expansion Programme, FMARD, the supply and distribution are being backed up by the capacity building of the farmers to expose them to the latest technologies in the cassava value chain.
He, therefore, enjoined them to embrace these technologies to maximise returns from their investments.
In his goodwill message, Chairman, Nigerian Cassava Growers Association (NCGA), Katsina State Chapter, Hassan Yunusa showered encomiums on the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
He said this was the first time in the history of inputs distribution that it is being supported by technology transfer in Katsina State’
Mr Wellington Omoregbon, the State Coordinator of FMARD, said the purpose of the distribution of the improved cassava planting materials in Edo State was to enhance the production of the crop and make it more profitable for farmers because of the high yielding status of the planting materials.
It would be recalled that the cassava planting materials distributed have the attributes of early maturity, pest and disease resistance and are high yielding.
A capacity building of the farmers was also carried out to strengthen their technical capacity in the production and processing of cassava in Nigeria.
A total of 120 farmers drawn from 32 Local Government Areas across Katsina State and 80 farmers from eight Local Government Areas of Edo State benefited in the distribution of the improved cassava planting materials.
Source: Daily Independent