By Monday Ijeh
A director of the FCT’s Agricultural Development Project (ADP), Mr. Innocent Ajaefobi, said this on Saturday in Gwagwalada at the end of the three-day training program organized by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The director, represented by the acting head of the extension sub-program, Mr. Ude Ekele, said the training, organized by the federal government, was aimed at revitalizing agricultural extension services.
He called on the participants in the agricultural extension worker training program to ensure effective use of the knowledge acquired.
He urged them to do their best to ensure that they are accepted by farmers and not to be seen as agents of politicians.
Ajaefobi called on them to be innovative, creative, resourceful and to ensure the application of scientific knowledge in the performance of their duties as extension agents.
He urged farmers to build relationships with extension agents as knowledge-influencing people to increase their productivity and not as agents of politicians.
Some of the participants, who spoke with the Nigeria News Agency , commended the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for organizing the training program.
Ms. Deborah Anigo, one of the participants, said the training was a welcome development, adding that such an opportunity had never been given to extension workers for a very long time.
She said the program had had an impact, adding that with the training, extension workers were better equipped to transfer knowledge to farmers.
Anigo called for the sustainability of the training program and urged the government to provide the necessary tools for farmers to improve their productivity.
Mr. Samuel Odoh, another participant, said the training program was a step in the right direction to better equip extension workers in the performance of their duties.
He said the knowledge gained would help extension workers in reorienting farmers on their misconception of extension workers visiting communities.
Odoh said the expectation of farmers that the responsibility of extension workers was to provide cash and farm inputs was wrong.
According to him, the responsibility of the extension agents is to advise the farmers on how to proceed with their production with their inputs and not the extension agents providing the inputs.
recalls that 40 extension agents from the six regional councils of the CTF were trained under the program which took place simultaneously in the 36 states of the country.
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