Ahead of the AUDA NEPAD training of two thousand farmers in Enugu state, the Enugu State Government in collaboration with the African Union Development Agency-New Partnership For African Development (AUDA-NEPAD) has organized and trained about 80 Agricultural extension workers who will serve as trainers for the trainees of about 2000 farmers.
During the 5 days of intensive training, the AUDA/NEPAD Enugu State Coordinator, Mrs. Mabel Agbo enjoined the participants to be attentive and dedicated to the courses as the success of the AUDA-NEPAD farming project rests on them.
“We are relying on you to impart religiously the knowledge you receive here to the two thousand farmers who will be participating in the AUDA/NEPAD project”.
The training she reveals will expose the participating farmers to international best practices in agricultural techniques for optimal results and usher in the actual implementation of the Small Holder Farmer Project in the state.
“These two thousand benefitting farmers are expected to engage in the following value chain production: poultry, piggery, fishery, cassava, rice, maize, Nsukka pepper production, snail production, palm kernel oil processing, etc.” Agbo disclosed.
In her speech, the National Coordinator/ Chief Executive Officer AUDA-NEPAD, Princess Gloria Akobundu, represented by Mr. Onyekachi Okorafor, commended the Enugu state government for financing the train the trainee workshop as it is aimed at strengthening Small Holder Farmer’s capabilities.
A representative from AUDA-NEPAD expressed satisfaction with the standard of training, choice of resource persons, and training modules which he said are in line with international standards.
The objective of the Smallholder Agriculture Development and Commercialization Project is to increase smallholder agriculture productivity, production, and marketing for selected crops in a project area.
On behalf of the participants, the Chairman of Enugu Farmers Association, Mr. Romanus Eze appreciated the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for availing them the opportunity to gain the training in modern agricultural techniques which will aid them in massive food production and self-empowerment.