The National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS) has commenced the training of Journalists on agricultural policy communication.
The Director of the institute, Prof. Mohammed Khalid-Othman who declared the training open in Zaria said the training program was in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
He said the essence of the training was to guide the participants on how best to perform their legitimate duties.
“This training is aimed at guiding participants on how to perform as journalists, how you can work as academics towards promoting agriculture.This is one of the several activities we will be doing to improve agricultural communication,” he said.
The NAERLS Director of Communications, Dr Anagwa Geoffrey said the training was to change the mindset of journalists from catchy news headline captions to a more critical agricultural concept.
He tasked the journalists to focus attention on analytical issues related to policy by digesting the real agricultural needs that would assist the policy-makers.
Geoffrey said the programme would guide the journalists on how to encourage the youths to embrace agriculture to improve their livelihood and to become employers of labour.
Mrs Elizabeth Doglas of the International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI said the training was meant to promote policy dialogue among stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
According to her the training will provide linkages between the policy makers and stakeholders toward enhanced agricultural participation in Nigeria.
The two-day training programme drew participants from research institutes, university and representatives of different media organisations.