“Katsina State lacks sufficient Agric Extension” – Katsina State Govt

Posted: April 25, 2016 in Uncategorized
Gov. Bello Masari of Katsina State

Gov. Bello Masari of Katsina State

 

This was expressed earlier today by by Katsina State Government.  This  disclosure was made by Mr Ibrahim Musawa, the Managing Director of the Katsina Agricultural and Rural Development Project (KATRDA), during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Katsina.

He disclosed that more than 70% of the State’s Agric Extension workers were retired and this has resulted in a break in communication between the Government and Farmers.

He further said that “this mass exodus of the agricultural extension workers is a serious matter of concern to the present government, as farmers need the professionals to advise them.”

“We have only 20 per cent of the extension workers and their number is inadequate in view of the large number of farmers in the state,” he said.

Dr. Ibrahim Musawa said that each extension worker was supposed to provide technical services to 100 farmers at the grassroots. At present, an agricultural extension worker provides service to no fewer than 100,000 farmers and this is affecting food production.

“The extension workers are supposed to be posted to each of the 11 wards in a Local Government but now the available number is grossly inadequate.

“We are calling on the State Government to privatise the Local Government Fish Farming Programme and redeploy the staff in the extension services in order to boost food production,” he said.

He urged the State Government to consider the recruitment of extension workers so as to increase their number for improved productivity.

I hope this will later turn to good news for the young and unemployed Agric Extension workers.

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