WOFAN Trains Extension Agents, Farmers, Others on SRP, G/Nut best practices

The Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN), Nigeria’s leading women and youth smallholder farmers empowerment not-for-profit organization, on Thursday the 8th of April 2021 flagged off the first phase of a Refresher Training On Sustainable Rice Production (SRP), 3D Video and Field Demonstration for extension agents and farmers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with scores of trainees benefitting from the programme.

The 2-Day training, which was organized to further deepen the participants’ knowledge on good agricultural practices (GAPs) in rice and groundnut farming, featured experts’ facilitation of well-researched papers on crucial topics and 3D video presentation and practical demonstration of methods pesticide and fertilizer applications to the participants.
In her opening remarks at the forum, the WOFAN Executive Director, Hajia Salamatu Garba, welcomed participants and told them that the training was primarily organized to expose them to the practical aspects of previous trainings on rice and groundnut farming best practices and empower them technically for successful rainy season farming.

She charged the trainees to give serious attention to the practical demonstration of the pests and disease control machine spraying demonstration and Aflasafe application video presentation in view of their invaluable value-addition benefits to their farming and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities in the months ahead.

The WOFAN leader disclosed that the training programme, which is being supported by the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) and other partners, would also help to align the activities of extension agents and the cluster farmer groups in the implementation of the WOFAN’s ICON of Hope project participating states for best practices and improved yields and incomes for farmers.

Hajia Garba also explained that WOFAN was also collaborating with other groups like, CARI, GIZ, Seed First, RIMAN, RIFAN, etc as part of its efforts to enlist all stakeholders’ support for the successful implementation of the project, stressing that in doing this, WOFAN is totally apolitical in its agenda of women and youth farmers’ empowerment.

The WOFAN leader said that the training programme would also be replicated in Kano with a view to enabling other farmers, extension agents, cluster groups’ leaders and farmers in other states to benefit from the knowledge to be shared by experts during the programme.

She explained: “This is another training WOFAN, with support from its major partners, particularly the NAERLS, is providing for hundreds of farmers, their groups’ leaders and extension agents in the FCT, Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa and other states in order to expose them to modern best practices in rice and groundnut farming as well as effective weed, pest and disease control methods.

“At the end of the training, we are very sure that the participants would be fully empowered for best practices in rainy season farming in rice and groundnut crops, reap better yields and have better understanding on how best to harvest, process, store and ultimately market their crops for improved incomes.

“We want to thank NAERLS and other partners’ for collaborating with us on this capacity-building initiative undertaken in furtherance of the WOFAN’s ICON of Hope project in the various states”, Hajia Garba said.

Sharing their experiences after the 2-Day training sessions during a chat with the WOFAN media team, scores of the participants commended the WOFAN Group for the initiative which many of them described as their first training experience in modern farming best practices, especially in terms of pesticide and fertilizer application safety measures.

One of them, Mrs. Tani Amos, who shared her experiences in Hausa language with the media team and other participants, said that lack of proper safety precautions by her husband while applying pesticides to a farm caused him some health hazards.

She said the knowledge gained during the practical demonstration of machine spraying of pesticides and herbicides had given her a good grasp of safety measures that must be put in place, particularly the use of protective clothings, before herbicides and other chemicals are applied on the farm.

Mrs. Amos promised to step down the knowledge gained during the training to her husband and other farmers in her community.

Another trainee, Mallam Naroka Musa, said he learnt more about agronomical practices and promised to step down knowledge gained on the practices, chemical products spraying, seed spacing and the 3cm depth in groundnut seed planting to farmers on return to his community.

 

WOFAN Trains Extension Agents april 2021

A cross section of participants at the 2-Day Refresher Training On Sustainable Rice Production (SRP), 3D Video and Field Demonstration for FCT and Kaduna extension agents, cluster groups’ leaders and farmers held on April 8-9, 2021 at the Hotel De Bently, Abuja

 

 

WOFAN Trains Extension Agents april 2021

The WOFAN Executive Director, Hajia Salamatu Garba, sharing some ideas with some participants while discussing their group’s Action Plan for Demo Plot rainy season rice farming at the 2-Day Refresher Training On Sustainable Rice Production (SRP), 3D Video and Field Demonstration for FCT and Kaduna extension agents, cluster groups’ leaders and farmers held on April 8-9, 2021, at the Hotel De Bently, Abuja

 

WOFAN Trains Extension Agents april 2021

The WOFAN Executive Director, Hajia Salamatu Garba, (holding microphone) making some clarifications about correct application of pesticides to participants during the machine spraying demonstration at the 2-Day Refresher Training On Sustainable Rice Production (SRP), 3D Video and Field Demonstration for FCT and Kaduna extension agents, cluster groups’ leaders and farmers held on April 8-9, 2021, at the Hotel De Bently, Abuja

 

WOFAN Trains Extension Agents april 2021

 

Leaders and farmers of Kwali Group receiving their farm inputs from the WOFAN Executive Director, Hajia Salamatu Garba, at the sidelines of the 2-Day Refresher Training On Sustainable Rice Production (SRP), 3D Video and Field Demonstration for FCT and Kaduna extension agents, cluster groups’ leaders and farmers held on April 8-9, 2021 at the Hotel De Bently, Abuja

 

WOFAN Trains Extension Agents april 2021

 

A group of some elated participants in a photograph with the WOFAN Executive Director, Hajia Salamatu Garba (with green hijab) , at the end of their 2-Day Refresher Training On Sustainable Rice Production (SRP), 3D Video and Field Demonstration for FCT and Kaduna extension agents, cluster groups’ leaders and farmers held on April 8-9, 2021, at the Hotel De Bently, Abuja