Yobe State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) has disclosed plans to train farmers on modern farming techniques under semi-arid weather and soil conditions.
The Programme Manager of ADP, Mustapha Goggobe, disclosed this at the weekend while addressing farmers and agricultural extension workers at the state’s secretariat complex, Damaturu
He said the scheme would be done in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Crops (ICRISAT).
The 40 farmers who would participate in the pilot programme are drawn from Nangere, Damaturu, Fune and Potiskum local councils.
He said the newly-developed seeds for sorghum, cowpea, groundnut and millet could be harvested after 65 days of planting, adding that about 6,000 farmers would benefit in the local councils.
A representative of ICRISAT, Dr. Ijantiku Ignatius Angarawal, said the programme became necessary because farmers make up 80 per cent of the labour force in the state.