Nigerian agricultural programme to boost food security commended

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has commended the Federal Government’s agricultural programme aimed at boosting food security in the country.

Mrs Rhoda Dia, the Project Manager for UNDP-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Integrated Approach Programme on Food Security, made the commendation in Gombe on Wednesday.

Dia spoke on the sidelines of three-day training for extension workers on Good Agricultural Practices for Rice and Groundnuts production with focus on Climate Smart Practices.

The Federal Government has done well in the agricultural sector and this is attracting interventions from several organisations around the world and within the country.

“It is commendable to see that a lot is happening in the sector. This is giving the needed empowerment to women and jobs to the youths. The sector is huge with a prospect to boost the economy.

“This is why the UNDP and GEF are carrying out a training programme for 120 agricultural extension agents who are drawn from Adamawa and Gombe States.

“The training is on good agricultural practices with focus on Sustainable Land and Water Management (SLWM) and Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA).

“The project mandate crops are rice and groundnut. We are deliberately working to boost the capacity of farmers in the cultivation of these crops. The project is in alignment with the Federal Government agricultural transformation agenda.’’

Maina Jonathan, the Desk Officer of the UNDP-GEF project, Gombe State Agricultural Development Programme, commended the Federal Government for improving security in rural areas in the state.

Jonathan said that the improvement of security in the state had boosted agriculture, which according to him was beginning to attract young farmers to rural areas to take up agriculture as vocation.

Mr Pius Birdling, the Desk Officer of the UNDP-GEF project, Adamawa State Agricultural Development Programme appealed that such trainings should be up-scaled to cover more local governments in Adamawa instead of the two presently running.