Lagos trains maize farmers on climate-smart agriculture

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By Mustapha Salisu

As part of its efforts to ameliorate the effect of climate change on maize production, the Lagos state government has trained some 80 selected farmers from three senatorial Districts of the state on climate agriculture.

The training aims at equipping the farmers with the requisite knowledge to thrive in the era of climate change, FARMERS VOICE NG gathered.

Speaking at the National Agriculture Development Productivity for the year 2023, held at the Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority, Oko-Oba, the State Coordinator Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Olayinka Akeredolu, portrayed her concern on how in 2022 a lot of flooding affected the production of many crops and even affected animal production too in Nigeria.

The State Coordinator noted that the selected farmers are expected to step down the training in their clusters or community.

“We want them to spread the message, of this is what you can do in the event of problems caused by climate change and the major one we have been facing is flooding.”

Also speaking, the facilitator of the training, Dr. Sadiku Bukola, demonstrated to the participants how they can go about their cropping as well as how they can cope with climate change so that it would not harm their productivity.

Bukola noted that at the end of the training, efforts will be put in place to guarantee that the farmers are adequately monitored towards embracing climate-smart agriculture so that at the end of the day, the state will be food secured.

On her part. Programme Manager, LSADA, Kosoko Tawakaltu, represented by the Agency’s Director of Extension Services, Ebhota Olubukola stressed that the essence of the training is to ensure that farmers yield whatever they are planting.

“We don’t want a situation whereby climate change will affect their production, their income and at the same time to affect their living standard” Kosoko worried.

FARMERS VOICE NG gathered that participants were selected by the agric development project which has extension agents in all the nooks and crannies of the state with the collaboration of the Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria Lagos State chapter.

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