Nasarawa state governor Alhaji Abdullahi Sule has pledged to engage more agricultural extension workers in ongoing efforts to boost food production in the state.

The governor made the pledge Tuesday during a two-day workshop for the National Agricultural Extension Development Committee in Lafia, the state capital.

The governor, decrying the lack of extension workers despite the critical role they play in providing support services to farmers across the country, called on federal and state governments to give priority attention to them as the country needs self-sufficiency and diversification. achieved through agriculture.

He said his government is also committed to training and retraining available agricultural extension officers to provide effective and efficient services.

“The government is not aware of the neglect that agricultural extension workers have suffered over time due to the dependence on oil as the main source of income for the country’s economy. In this regard, several policies have been put in place to revitalize and strengthen the ADPs as a parastatal responsible for turning government policies into reality to encourage diversification of the economy.

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“It is important to mention that the important role ADPs play in implementing agricultural policies and programs through extension agents is critical to the development of the agricultural sector.

“To achieve food security and adequacy, priority should be given to the selection of agricultural extension officers to take care of the business by disseminating vital information to farmers on both technological advances and other challenges that could threaten agricultural activities.

He said the ADP is a World Bank project designed to reduce rural poverty and improve agricultural production through a community-based approach, noting that this explains why government at all levels is has continued to support the project as a way of supporting what has so far been implemented by the donor organisations, given its importance and associated benefits to socio-economic development.

“Today, the ADPs face the problem of understaffing, which negates the World Bank’s standard of agricultural practices program.”

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