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Nigeria Empowers 50 Farmers on Cassava Production for Enhanced Food Security

As part of its efforts at boosting food production in the country, no fewer than 50 farmers and extension agents have been trained and empowered in Kwara State, North Central Nigeria on resilient practices in cassava production.

The training was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in partnership with the Kwara State Government.

The capacity building workshop, tagged “Emergency Empowerment and Demonstration of Climate Change Resilient Practice in Cassava Production and Empowerment of Farmers and Extension Agents in the North-West, North-East, and North-Central Region”, was held at the Kwara State Agricultural Development Project (ADP) Office in Ilorin.

Speaking at the training session, the Kwara State Field Office Coordinator, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Dr. Aliyu Issa Kabir disclosed that part of the mandate of the Ministry is to ensure robust development of agriculture through various training and empowerment initiatives for both youths and women in the sector across the country.

According to him, the workshop is one of the series of training lined up for the year, pointing out that the Ministry had earlier this year organized training on soya bean and yam production.

The current hardship in the country, Kabir noted, necessitated the need to empower our teeming youths, in order to improve the output of the existing farmers and encourage more people to embrace farming as a business.

Dr. Kabir disclosed further that the empowerment would be in kind and partly cash for the beneficiaries as a start-up to spur them and encourage others to see the potential of agriculture as the only sector with the capacity to employ a substantial number of citizens of the country.

In his brief remarks, the Director of Agriculture Services, Kwara State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mallam Alhassan Kabir Mohammed assured farmers that the present administration, under the leadership of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, would continue to prioritize people-oriented projects and programs, especially for farmers and the downtrodden among residents of the state.

He urged the participants not to sell the items with a view to assisting the state government in realizing its aim of achieving food security in the country.

In his contribution, the State Chairman, Nigerian Cassava Growers Association, Engr. Gabriel Fasanu appreciated the efforts of the organizers of the program, adding that the training has broadened the knowledge of members of the association to achieve breakthroughs in their businesses.

Fasanu, however, appealed to the government at all levels to clear more land for farming activities and ensure proper funding of the sector, which he described as the catalyst of industrialization in any country.

In her welcome address, the Managing Director, Kwara ADP, Dr. Khadijat Ahmed said the participants were carefully selected to ensure that only the real farmers benefitted from the empowerment scheme.

Dr. Ahmed, however, used the occasion to inform the farmers that the extension agents would monitor how they manage those items on their farm.


By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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