By David Okpala/Stella Okpala

Akpo (Aguata LGA), March 12, 2021 (MOI) Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), Aguata Zonal Office has embarked on training of rural farmers on Modern Agronomy Practices to boost harvest of peasant farmers.

The programme is aimed at sensitising rural dwellers on the right crops to cultivate for consumption.

The training and sensitisation workshop took place at Uhuala Akpo Civic Centre, on March 11.

Miss Angela Nnopu, Agric Officer attached to ADP Aguata Zonal Office, teaching in a workshop at Uhuala Akpo Civic Centre

A Resource Person, An Agric Officer, Miss Angela Nnopu said: “we are here to work with you to achieve bountiful harvests this year.

“You need to detoxify your farmland. The chemical to do it is known as lime. It is there in ADP Office.

“Hybrid seeds, stems, and crops are what are needed to improve harvests. The Ministry of Agriculture has made them available in their offices.

“Yellow root cassava has been tested and has been proven to be rich in vitamin A, which is needed to regenerate the human immune system.

“So, even if you are not cultivating cassava, purchase the yellow root cassava in the market to eat healthily,’’ she advised.

“Oba Super 6 Maize contains vitamin A and other nutrients. It is a hybrid. Therefore, apart from achieving smiles from your harvests, it will also make your family eat healthier foods.

“Pesticides, herbicides, are all in ADP for collection. Ask questions on Agrochemical uses. If there is any confusion at any point, go back to Agric Office and raise such questions.

Rural dwellers in a sensitization workshop on Modern Agronomy Practice at Uhuala Akpo Civic Centre

“Abuse of Agrochemicals can adversely affect human health. It can destroy crops that you wish to protect. So, use agrochemicals according to specifications,’’ she directed.

Miss Nnopu gave tips on crop cultivation, harvest, storage, processing, and treatment of sick economic trees.

She enjoined the rural farmers to form cooperatives. “Start cooperative farming before asking for government assistance with regards to Agric Loans.

“I do not think the government will give you credit facilities to start farming, rather, they will grant you loans to develop already existing farms.’’ (MOI)

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