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FG trains, empowers 250 farmers in Delta

The Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has trained and empowered 250 farmers in Delta.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the training was done under the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy programme (NPRGS).

It was declared open by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Temitope Fadeshemi on Friday in Asaba.

According to him, the initiative is aimed at uplifting the lives of smallholder farmers.

This, he said would also foster sustainable agricultural practices in the state and Nigeria at large.

Fadeshemi was represented by Mr John Onovroke, a director in the Ministry.

According to Fadeshemi, the initiative reflected government’s dedication to addressing poverty at its roots.

”Today marks a significant milestone in our collective commitment to uplifting the lives of our smallholder farmers and fostering sustainable agricultural practices.

”I am delighted to remind you that NPRGS in collaboration with the Federal Department of Agricultural Extension Service (FDAE) has enumerated and validated approximately 250 farmers for participation in this transformative programme.

”These farmers are not just the backbone of our agricultural sector, they are the heartbeat that forms the heartbeat of our nation’s prosperity,” he said.

Fadeshemi also said that through the training and empowerment programme, the Federal Government was sowing the seeds of positive change.

He said the initiative would ensure that the smallholder farmers had the knowledge resources and support needed to thrive in an ever-evolving agricultural landscape.

”This programme is not merely an investment in agriculture; it is an investment in the future of our nation.

”As we equip these farmers with the tools to enhance productivity, improve resilience and embrace sustainable practices, we are laying the foundation for a more resilient and prosperous agricultural sector.

“I commend the efforts of FDAE for their meticulous work in identifying and validating deserving farmers for this programme.

”The collaboration between our ministry and the NPRGS exemplifies the power of synergy in achieving meaningful impact,” he said.

Fadeshemi while commending the farmers for their role in shapening the nation’s agricultural success, urged them to apply the insight gained in the training to improve their farms and communities.

According to him, your success is intertwining with the prosperity of our nation and together we shall create effects that reaches every corner of our great nation.

On his part, the resource person, Prof. Fidelis Emuh, Department of Agriculture, Delta State University, Abraka, noted the importance of agriculture and agro-business to the development of a nation.

He stressed on the need for farmers to grow above just production, distribution and marketing.

”There is the need for value chain distribution, this will enable you to make more money,” he said.

NAN reports that the farmers who were drawn from the 25 Local Government Areas of the state were empowered with farm tools and seedlings such as maize, pepper, tomatoes ans okra among others.

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