Capacity building for extension workers, farmers
The Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS) has concluded a one-day training for extension workers, farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
During the training held at the regional office of Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency (OYSADA), Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Oyo State, stakeholders present include the National President of NISS, Professor Ayo Ogunkunle; former Executive Director, Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) who is also the Southwest Zonal Coordinator of NISS, Professor James Adediran among others.
Ogunkunle, who advised participants to use the opportunity to train other farmers, said Nigerian leaders have for a long time cared less about the soil, until recently.
He said: “If the soil is not good, the crop planted wouldn’t grow well. For food security, experts have come up with integrated management methods to enrich the soil. The mandate of NISS is to regulate the management of soil.”
On his part, Adediran said the institute was established to regulate the profession of soil science and related matters.
According to him, the NISS has the mandate to regulate the standards of academic qualification and practical skills to be attained by persons seeking to become registered members.
He added that the institute was collaborating with OCP Africa to establish demonstration trails on sustainable soil, management technologies across the country.
Adediran said the training would help to impact positively in the life of the participants. “The current workshop is organised in order to consolidate the activities of NISS in this regard.
“Some of the participants in the trails who are mainly extension officers and farmers are here today to gain more from the training that will be provided by erudite registered soil scientists who are distinguished experts in soil management practices.
“I believe that this training will bring positive impact on farmers skills in effectively managing the Nigeria soils and enhancing sustainable agricultural production”.
Management of soil resources; integrated soil fertility management strategies; demonstrations on the use of soil testing kit; good agricultural practices for maize cultivation; and good agricultural practices for rice cultivation, were some of the issues addressed.