Zero Hunger Project trains extension workers as engine room for Benue State agricultural transformation
IITA, in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-funded Value Chain Development Program (VCDP), flagged off a workshop in Makurdi, Benue State tagged “Training of Extension Agents and Advisory Providers” under the Zero Hunger Project. This was done recognizing that agricultural extension agents serve as the critical drivers of information dissemination for farmers.
The Benue State Hon. Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr Timothy Ijir, appreciated IITA and IFAD-VCDP for organizing the workshop to train extension workers on the best way to go about cassava farming. He was represented by the Director for Agricultural Services, Thomas Unongo, who urged participants to impart the acquired knowledge to local farmers in their various communities to help improve cassava production in the state. Reiterating this, the Permanent Secretary at the Benue State Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Margret Ikpe, urged participants to take the message from the workshop back to farmers and be good advisors in helping farmers achieve better yields.