By Fatima Muraina
FADAMA Coordinating office has charged trained officers on advisory/ input service consultancy to impact knowledge received on farmers for improved productivity.
The state FADAMA Coordinator, Mr Olusiji Olatunji gave the advice in a chat with The Hope at a “train the trainers” workshop held at the FADAMA hall in Akure.
Olatunji, describing the training as a very impactful one, stated that officers were trained by experts on four major crops, ranging from Maize, Cassava, Tomatoes, Rice and vegetable.
Speaking on the training, a resource person from the department of Plant Science and Bio Technology, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, Prof. Alaba Gbadamosi, stated that the focus was to open the trainers’ mind to other areas of innovation.
“There is what we call ‘Smart agriculture’ because of climate change. You cannot insist on old method as we discovered that the idea is not good,” he stated.
“What we intend to do is to past innovative ideas on different crop production to the farmers.
Explaining further, Gbadamosi noted that the trainning was to look at the gaps in knowledge which when applied, will enhance production.
This, he stated, is why farmers are being encouraged on new methods of doing things as he advised them to embrace innovations that would enhance productivity.
The FADAMA Technical Officer Disbursement Link Indicator DLI 2.1, Mr Adesida Adeyinka Albert who is in charge of the training and Mr Oladapo Yusfuf, said the training aimed at sensitising the farmers to be prudent in the use of the resources that are deployed to FADAMA and ensuring that those efforts are multiplied to address food security.
A beneficiary who spoke with The Hope, expressed satisfaction, saying that they have been thought some modern ways of planting which would improve production to boost the economy of the farmers.
He urged farmers to make themselves available to acquire what will be impacted on them to improve their farming operations.