YOLA — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Partnership with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) under the project “Feed The Future, Nigeria Integrated Agriculture Activity” has trained thousands of farmers in modern farming.
The training held at Yolde Pate community of Yola South local government area is aimed at supporting vulnerable groups to engage in farming activities to improve food security, increase income, bumper harvest, and resilience among farmers in the state.
Addressing the gathering, at the Demonstration Field Day, the Senior Agronomist of Feed The Future, Nigeria Integrated Agriculture Activity” Mallam Shehu Dan Dago, explained that the program was to create awareness among farmers on the latest seeds that improve the bumper harvest.
While inspecting the outcome of the practice in some farmlands visited in the Yola South Local Government Area, the Senior Agronomist said “the day was set aside to observe the level and outcome of the practice and application of modern farming techniques by the trained farmers under the organization”.
Also speaking, the technical field officer of the organization Mallam Habibullah Ibrahim, advised the beneficiaries to apply the skills acquired.
He said the organization is working in collaboration with Adamawa Agricultural Development Programme (AADP) extension officers to demonstrate to farmers the best ways of fertilizer application, and weeding process, and to promote legumes base fertilizer.
Malam Abdullahi Abdullah Soya beans, rice, and maize farmer who responded on behalf of the beneficiaries said he started receiving training from the organization three years ago and the techniques he acquired have contributed to having a bumper harvest.
Abdullahi called on the government and other organizations to support farmers to improve food security and boost revenue generation in the state and the country at large, saying that in
He explained a plot where he usually harvested 30 bags of rice before the training, but now harvested 50 bags.
The program is funded by USAID and has been implemented by IITA across some states of the country.
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