UN trains farmers in Nigeria

 United Nation Development Programme and Global Environmental Facility (UNDP-GEF) in collaboration with Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN) have organised three-day training on Good Agriculture Practices for Rice and Groundnut Extension workers from Nassarawa and Benue States.

The training is aimed at ensuring that farmers apply Good Agricultural Practices in order to get the right yields, earn the right income and be impactful in the drive to attain food sufficiency in Nigeria.

Speaking in an interview with Voice of Nigeria in Abuja, the Executive Director, Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN), Salamatu Garba said the training is a participatory discussion that is looking at the areas of fertilizer application, crop rotation and dry season farming.

“We are sharing experience in a participatory discussion so they would have all the good agriculture practices where and how to apply pesticides and advise farmers in return so that so we get maximum yield.

“If you look at groundnut we may be getting four tons per hectare but now if we use the correct agricultural practices and the spacing we will end up getting like five to six tons and in the past farmers think they can only grow grains in the rainy season now they will grow rice both in the rainy and dry season so with this skills they will go back and teach the farmers in their local language,” she said.

Zero hunger
The Environmental, Energy and Climate Change Unit of the UNDP, Udumma Nwokike said the Global Environmental Facility projects is being implemented in seven States as part of efforts in ensuring that Nigeria meets the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG, goal for zero hunger.

“We are having a training based on groundnut and rice agriculture good practices and family nutrition; it is one of the projects that are being implemented in the States as part of our own support in meeting the SDG goal for zero hunger.”

She said the organisation pledges its full support to the government partners especially the northern states and some places within the savannas that take food sustainability and food security seriously.

”We are in total support of this project to encourage them to be dedicated to ensure the success of the program itself knowing the importance of food production; we should be able to produce to feed the nation, to earn income and be able to export to neighbouring countries as well”

One of the participants from Benue State, Ike Janet said she expects that at the end of the training, UNDP would provide facilities such as processing machines so they can process rice and groundnut.

She, however, appreciated UNDP for providing farm input for them to cultivate.


Sammie Idika

Ene Okwanihe, Abuja