Eight Nigerian Universities have signed a partnership with SASSAKAWA/SG2000 on boosting extension services for the enhancement of productivity in the Nigerian agricultural sector.
Prof. Sani Miko, Country Director of SASSAKAWA, disclosed this at the Ahmadu Bello University’s National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaisons Services (NAERLS) in Zaria.
Miko said this year’s National annual review and planning workshop was meant to improve the knowledge of extension workers.
“The universities that are collaborating with us in this direction are; ABU, Bayero University Kano, Adamawa State University, UNILORIN, Usman Danfodio University, Federal University Dutsinma, Federal University Umudike and OAU.
“We understand that extension agents that reached apex to give vital contribution to agricultural extension were not happy with the job because they were HND graduates. They remained stagnant and cannot be promoted,” he stated.
Declaring the workshop opened, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbe, who was represented by a Director in the Ministry, Dele Olorefemi, said Nigeria had expanded the SAA/S2000 program from 2009 to address the challenges of post-harvest handling of crops and access to markets by small-holder farmers.
ABU VC, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, said agriculture needs must be given the desired priority and attention because of the vital role they could play in the economic growth of Nigeria.
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