By Olusegun Folarin

The Federal Government is training farmers in Ogun State on the need to adopt strategies that will cushion the harsh effects of climate change on food production.

More than 80 Rice Farmers who participated in one of the training programmes organized in Abeokuta were also supported with farm inputs to increase their yield.

In a message to the forum, the Director, Extension Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Frank Kudla encouraged the beneficiaries to take advantage of the government’s intervention to enhance rice production.

Represented by a senior officer from the ministry, Mr Jubril Akintayo, the Director of Extension Services expressed optimism that the training would assist the farmers in overcoming the challenges of farmlands flooding.

Presenting a paper on climate resilient practices in rice production in the South West region of the country, a resource person, Professor Olalekan Olaoye urged the farmers to pay more attention to weather forecast in a bid to prevent loss of the resources invested in rice production.

Professor Olaoye advised the farmers to adopt mixed cropping and sustainable soil management practices to ensure favourable yields while warning the people desist from bush burning.

Earlier, the acting Programme Manager, Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme, OGADEP, Mrs Solape Awe had described the training as a timely intervention in view of the prevailing challenges of climate change affecting many nations.

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke with Radio Nigeria commended the federal government for the support and called for its sustenance and expansion to more farmers that would be empowered for improved productivity.

Participants in the rice farmers training programme were provided with items, including fertilizer, herbicides and seeds.

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