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Cassava Growers Train Edo Farmers on Mechanisation



Cassava breeder, Chiedozie Egesi and agronomist, Joy Adele observing cassava leaves

The Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA), has completed training for framers in Edo State on farm mechanisation and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).

Explaining the rationale for the training held in Benin City, the Edo State, chairman, NCGA, Donatus Imaghodor, noted that the training will equip farmers with the tools and knowledge of how to increase and improve farm yield by deploying the right methods and techniques. ‘‘This will enable them make more profit from the same size of land with less labour.”

He said the input from farmers at the end of the programme will assist the state government in fulfilling Governor Godwin Obaseki’s campaign promise to create 200,000 jobs for the youth.

“It will also assist the farmers to contribute significantly to the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and make the state the food basket of the nation,” he assured.

Imaghodor expressed appreciation to Governor Obaseki for his systematic efforts towards the development of the state, especially in the area of agriculture. “I appeal to the governor to help open more farmlands and also recognise smallholder farmers as they contribute in their little way to food security.”

A farmer, who participated in the event, Imafidon Helen, expressed delight in the training. “I am happy that Edo State government is focusing on agriculture to create jobs for youths in the state.’’