Edo assures more support for smallholder farmers
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has called for innovations to tackle challenges threatening food sufficiency, assuring farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural value chains of more support.
Obaseki gave the charge in commemoration of the 2012 World Food Day. He reassured of his government’s sustained investment in the agricultural sector with priority to smallholder farmers, supporting them to combat hunger, ensure sustainable production of affordable nutritious foods, and enhance their contribution to sustaining the economy.
Speaking on the theme of this year’s World Food Day, ‘Our actions are our future,’ Obaseki called on everyone to be a food hero contributing to the transformation of food systems and ensuring enough food for the global population.
“As we commemorate World Food Day, it is necessary to reiterate the need for innovative solutions to the problem of food insecurity, which is a major threat to our health and livelihood.
“As a government, we will sustain initiatives aimed at providing critical support to large and smallholder farmers in the state, leveraging our land assets to drive development and diversify the economy with a focus on sustaining food security.”
MEANWHILE, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has trained about 40 extension agents on extension tools and methodologies on selected agricultural value chains in the state.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the training programme, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohmmad Abubakar, said extension delivery was critical to all agricultural policies and research.
Represented by the state Director, Edo FMARD Office, Wellington Omoragbon, Abubakar said the training was part of the strategy by the ministry to close the gap in the extension system.
“One of the key recommendations of a special committee set up at the inception of this administration was to build the capacity of youths and existing practitioners in extension service delivery, exposing and equipping them with best global practices and tools to enable them to deliver efficiently.’’