By Oluwatoyin Adegoke
The Federal Government is working with the Ogun State government and other relevant stakeholders to support Cassava farmers with knowledge-based trainings and provision of farm input.
The collaboration, anchored by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is also aimed at reducing the loss of resources occasioned by the adverse effects of climate change on farming activities.
The Ministry’s Director in Ogun State, Dr Ayo Ajayi and a representative from Abuja, Mrs Esther Moyo made these known in Abeokuta at a training on promoting climate resilient practices among Cassava farmers.
Dr Ajayi and Mrs Moyo explained that the training and empowerment for both the cassava farmers and agricultural extension workers were necessary to enable the farmers to adopt smart initiatives to improve their yields for enhanced rural and national economy.
Also, the Acting Programme Manager, Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme, OGADEP, Mrs Solape Awe and the Programme’s Director of Extension Services, Mrs Abiola Sobukonla said the agency would reach out to cassava farmers across the state through the participants, identified as early adopters of new trends.
In the course of the training, the resource person, Dr Modupe Abidemi encouraged the cassava farmers to brace up to the challenge of working with weather forecasting tools, ensuring proper management of soil and water and sticking to the use of high quality planting materials.