IITA, ACAI to train farmers on cassava ,weed management

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No fewer than 30,000 farmers from Abia, Benue, Oyo, Ogun and Osun states will benefit from the training on the six steps to cassava weed management and best planting practices in November. The training is being organised by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, and African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI).

Mr. Godwin Atser, the IITA Digital Extension and Advisory Services Specialist, made this known in a statement in Ibadan.

Atser said that the training was aimed at empowering farmers with the knowledge to boost cassava and maize productivity and yield per hectare.

This, he added, would subsequently increase farmers’ incomes, improve their standard of living and create jobs for more people.

He said that the trainings would be done in collaboration with the Oyo State Agricultural Development Programmes (ADPs) and other extension service providers.

Also, Dr. Alfred Dixon, the IITA Director for Development and Delivery, described the toolkit as an innovation that combined a set of agronomic recommendations and plant protection products to control weeds and increase cassava productivity.

According to Dixon, beyond Nigeria, several other countries have requested for the toolkit with ACAI team training partners in Liberia, Tanzania, Burundi and Zambia.