Agriculture Extension revitalization underway- FG  

The Federal Government has disclosed plans to partner relevant stakeholders to revitalise extension services in the country to achieve food and nutrition security, improve availability of quality seedlings and boost production.

Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Dr Ernest Umakhihe, said this while inaugurating the Committee for the Extension Manual Review at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja. 

He noted that the Nigerian government was collaborating with the USAID Feed the Future (FTF) Nigeria Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) Activity, Rural Resilience (Mercy Corps), and Winrock International Farmer to Farmer (F2F) Programme. 

Umakhihe explained that the review of the extension manual was targeted at promoting effective and efficient extension services delivery in the Nigerian agricultural sector, hence the need to produce a harmonised copy for evaluation and validation. 

According to him, the review would facilitate impactful practices of effective service delivery in various agricultural value chains as contained in the current extension training manual. 

Also, Umakhihe said the committee would recommend manpower training for agricultural extension personnel with the aim of improving extension services in the agricultural sector as well as to streamline policies towards achieving quality seedlings and increase in food production. 

On his part, Director, Agricultural Extension Services, Frank Kudla, informed that the technical review team was composed from developmental partners like USAID, Sasakawa Africa, Federal University of Abeokuta, National Roots Research Institutes, among others. 

“These are tested agricultural extension services professionals and experts in the public and private sector,” Kudla added. 

On behalf of the Committee, the Sasakawa Africa Country Director, Prof Sani Miko, assured that the committee would work assiduously towards achieving its set objectives and promote food sufficiency, improved quality seedlings, increase in production and benefit the economy.

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