Fed Govt, BUK Train Farmers on Agroecology


The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and the Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA) of Bayero University, Kano, recently held a three-day workshop for farmers to improve their farming practices.

The workshop was organised to specifically train farmers on “Agroecological Best Practices,” especially how to increase food production without harming the environment, said the Director of CDA, Prof Jibrin Mohammed Jibrin.

 Speaking at the event, Prof Jibrin said the training, which came as a result of the partnership between the CDA and the federal government, was aimed at improving farming practices and maintaining the environment.

“Such training is very important because this decade (2021 to 2030) is the United Nations’s Decade of ecosystem restoration.

 “We must all agree that in recent years, we have had a lot of challenges with our ecosystem, and particularly in the last few years, the loss of biodiversity in areas around Kano, Jigawa, and Bauchi is very huge because of many reasons.

 “The workshop is mainly to train farmers on how to improve our farming system and maintain our ecosystem. I promise you that you are going to have the best type of training on this issue,” he said.


On his part, the National Correspondent of the Agroecology Programme, Yerima Sa’idu, disclosed that the ECOWAS Commission is supporting its implementation across the sub-region, including Nigeria.

“The programme aims to increase productivity and fisheries production, through diversified and sustainable production systems and reduce post-harvest production losses,” he said.

The Agroecology Programme is reportedly managed by VAS and coordinated by the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (ARAA) Togo-Lome.

 In Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is the implementing Agency, while the National Programme for Food Security (NPFS) is the Project Implementation Unic (PIU).


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