The Transformation Irrigation Management of Nigeria (TRIMING) has said it had established 44 field schools for farmers at Bakolori Irrigation project, Zamfara.
The Acting Programme Manager, Zamfara Agricultural Development Project (ADP), Mallam Garba Bala, said this in an interview with the News men at Bakolori irrigation site.
“TRIMING is a Federal Government programme designed to introduce mechanisation in irrigation farming.
“The 44 field schools were established to educate farmers on new farming techniques to boost production.
“The farmers will be trained on how to use improved seedlings, modern farming techniques and tools as well as other farm inputs to increase yields.
“The programme engaged 36 Agricultural Extension Workers that train farmers at the field,’’ he said.
The Deputy Programme Manager, Zamfara State Agricultural Development Project (ADP), Umar Muazu, told NAN that the programme had necessary inputs needed for the training.
“TRIMING had provides adequate fertilizer, agro chemical, tools and machines required for the training.
“In addition to farmers schools, the programme also established one nursery farm to provide farmers with qualitative seedlings.
“33 motorcycles and a Toyota Hilux van were provided to support logistics of the extension workers.
“Farmers were organised into cooperatives to enable them source fund from financial institutions to expand their production,’’ he said.
Muazu expressed satisfaction with farmers’ cooperation to the programme and assured them that the government would open market for their produce at reasonable price