The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) had begun a 5-day Agricultural Extension Delivery services training for 50 unemployed graduates selected across the three Senatorial Districts of Ogun State; through its “AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION TRAINING (AET)” 2021.
The NDE Director General, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo flagged off the “AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION TRAINING (AET)” 2021 recently in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The training was packaged for the unemployed graduates in order to boost agricultural productivity, increase food security and promote agriculture as an engine of economic growth.
The NDE Director- General who was ably represented by the NDE Ogun State Coordinator – Mr Bakare, Oladele Tajudeen said, the 5-day training had been packaged with various topics which will assist the participants to be successful in rendering complementary Agricultural Extension services.
The training is designed to employ experiential training model to be adopted by by the various Subject Matter Extension specialists procured for the work.
According to Mallam Fikpo, critical issues that bother on: “AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION ACTIVITIES AND ROLES OF EXTENSION AGENTS; COMPONENTS OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION DELIVERY SYSTEM; WEEDS AND METHOD OF WEED CONTROL; DISSEMINATION OF RESEARCH- BASED PRODUCTION/ INFORMATION; INFORMATION ON INCOME GENERATING AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS; inter-alia, featured prominently among the topics that would be discussed by experienced Resource persons to improve the participants’ Agricultural Extension delivery knowledge and skills.
Bakare, said, the NDE has provided herbicides, insecticides and pesticides, as well as knapsack sprayers for conduct of practical demonstration.
He therefore, implored the participants to strive to participate effectively so that at the end of the training, the objective(s) of the training will be optimally achieved.
Ms Oruoyehu, Beatrice who represented the Director of Rural Employment Promotion Department – Dr Mbata, Michael said the “Agricultural Extension Personnels are very few in the rural communities but their importance in boosting agricultura be productivity is enormous hence the need to train unemployed youths as Agricultural Extension Personnel inform of income generating activity”.