By Olusegun Folarin
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar wants farmers to take advantage of the available training programmes on climate change resilient practices to boost their production capacity.
Dr Abubakar made the call in Abeokuta at a training programme for maize farmers on the need to tackle the challenges of climate change.
Speaking through a representative, Mrs Esther Moyo, the Minister emphasized the need for the farmers to be equipped with adequate knowledge and resources to cushion the effect of harsh weather on their operations with a view of improving their productivity.
Also, the Ogun State Acting Coordinator, for the Ministry, Dr Ayo Ajayi said the training was aimed at keeping the farmers up to date in farming business and helping them to develop ways to manage the prevailing weather condition.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina who was represented by the Acting Programme Manager of the State Agricultural Development Programme, OGADEP, Mrs Solape Awe urged the farmers to embrace safe farming practices for enhanced productivity.
Speaking on climate resilient practices in maize production in the South West region of the country, a resource person, Mr Femi Akinniyi encouraged the farmers to adopt the use of weather forecasting tools, smart tillage and early maturing varieties in the bid to mitigate the effects of climate on maize production.
Some of the farmers, Mr Nurudeen Olayinka, Mrs Adeola Gbadamosi and Mr Oladipo Ogungbe who described the training programme as timely, urged the federal government to support small holder farmers with necessary tools, especially, in the area of irrigation.