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WOFAN Hosts Technical Session for Proposed Agricultural Extension Revitalization Bill

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The Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN), ICON2 project, has organized a two-day technical session on the draft Agricultural Extension Service Delivery Revitalization Bill.

Speaking at the event, the Country Project Director of WOFAN ICON2, Hajiya Salamatu Garba, explained that the project targets 10,000 Nigerians to increase food security. She pointed out that the network provides inputs and agricultural technology, works with 1,500 extension workers, who would collaborate with 450 farmers in clusters to achieve the desired objectives.

Hajiya Salamatu described extension workers as major catalysts for the development of the food sector, emphasizing that the bill would significantly contribute to boosting food sufficiency and providing job opportunities.

“We already have custodians of the bill and will work hand in hand with them to ensure the bill is passed.”

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Saliu Mustapha, pointed out that they would do everything possible to ensure the speedy passage of the bill due to its importance. He stressed that the Senate would not relent in its efforts to pass laws aimed at uplifting Nigeria to global standards through agriculture, health, education, economic policies, among others.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Alhaji Bello Ka’oje, commended WOFAN for the initiative.

The session was marked by panel discussions on the areas requiring attention in the proposed bill and in-depth dialogues that examined key provisions and challenges of the draft bill.

The objective of the bill is to establish a sustainable, harmonized, pluralistic, demand-driven, ICT-enabled, and market-oriented national agricultural extension system for effective and efficient service delivery along agricultural value chains.

Reports indicate that the two-day technical session on the draft Agricultural Extension Revitalization Bill attracted members of the Senate and House of Representatives, top government functionaries, representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture, Budget and Planning, Media, ICT, Legal, and all relevant stakeholders in the agricultural sector.

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