From: Babatunde Ibrahim, Abuja
German Development Organisation, Deutche Gessllschaft Fur International (GIZ) has disclosed that over 150,000 smallholder farmers across Nigeria have benefitted from its training.
The farmers were trained in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to ensure they get optimum proceeds from their farm activities.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of a 5-day training organised for Agriculture Correspondents in Abuja, Project Coordinator of GIZ’s Green Innovation Centre for the Agriculture and Food sector, Caroline Trimbom, said the farmers training was aimed at improving the productivity and income of small holder farmers working on rice, maze, Irish potato and cassava in the country.
The trained farmers are located in Oyo, Ogun, Nasarawa, Cross Rivers among others
The program coordinator attributed her organisation’s successes to its collaboration with the Agriculture Development Program (ADP) officers, stressing that the partnership helped to train agriculture extension workers on international best practices to ensure sustainability.
According to her: “So far we have trained roughly about 150,000 farmers, I can’t give you the exact figure because we have very close monitoring on the people in the different value chains and in the different regions, female, male, so I don’t know them by heart because it’s changing every week but it’s roughly about 150,000.
She said her organisation is also partnering with companies in the agric industry on the value chains to improve their turnover and create more employments.
Triborm while accessing the success of the project, said the capacity building has generally improved farmers income while citing exemples of potato farmers who had double their productivity.
She cited access to improved input and loan facilities as a mojor problem hindering the growth of the Nigerian agriculture industry.
She further urged the Federal Government to address the numerous issues.
“Then we are also working with up and down stream companies in this value chains to improve their turnover and employments, so as you can see its quite comprehensive, its following a value chain approach to improve this afore mentioned value chains here in Nigeria.
“We also have very different assessment because they’re are changing, like in the different value chains it differs, but generally they were able to improve their income, for example in potatoes we had some who could double their productivity and generally we have been working for the Green Innovation Centre for Agriculture and food sector project coordinator,” she added