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Food security: LNRBDA holds three-day training on provision of modern extension techniques

In a bid to further increase food production in the country particularly in Kwara state, the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority (LNRBDA), llorin, Kwara state, has organized a three-day training workshop on provision of modern extension techniques to the LNRBDA’s water users and other stakeholders.

The training program which was conducted by Multipage Consult Services Limited (MCSL) had 20 participants drawn from Giriyan and Lokoja area offices in Kogi state and Shonga, Omu-Aran, Erinle in Kwara state.

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Speaking with newsmen at the closing ceremony of the training which held in Ilorin on Thursday, the managing director of the LNRBDA, Engineer Dr. Adeniyi Saheed Aremu, stressed that the training is basically to empower the Authority’s field officers.

“The aim of this training is to empower and enrich them with modern farming techniques as enumerated by the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Engineer Professor Joseph Terlumun Utsev.

“If you don’t build the capacity of the staff and you develop a scheme it won’t work, so the idea is to build the capacity of our staff and users, that’s the farmers and members of the water users association so as to increase their capacity.

“This is why when you check the module developed for this training you will see that it is meant to enrich participants with modern techniques of farming so as to increase crop production.”

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News Hub reports that on the first day of the training participants were taken through topics like post harvest factors contributing to post harvest losses, importance of extension service in agriculture, best practices for harvesting, handling and storage, value addition and market linkages for post harvest management and pest control measures and storage facilities management.

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On the second day participants were taken through effective communications strategies for knowledge transfer, understanding weed biology and impact on crops, utilizing digital tools for extension service, safe and effective use of herbicides, designing and evaluating extension programs and integrated pest management (IPM) strategies for weed control.

The last day of the training had participants exploring topics like principles of irrigation scheduling, implementing weed monitoring and management plans, water conservation practice and technologies, precision irrigation techniques and maintenance and troubleshooting of irrigation system.

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In separate interviews with newsmen at the program, a cross section of participants commended the organisers of the training for such an opportunity

They also appreciated the LNRBDA, and pledged to scale down the training to other stakeholders in their different communities.

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