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NISS Trains Farmers, Extension Agents on Soil Productivity in Anambra

By Chukwuka Ugokwe :

The Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS), in collaboration with the Anambra State Agriculture Development Programme (ADP), has begun a two-day capacity-building seminar for Farmers and Extension Agents on the protection and management of soil resources in Anambra State.

No fewer than 70 participants are expected to benefit from the 5th session of the training spread across the three Senatorial Districts of Anambra Central, Anambra North, and Anambra South.

Speaking during the commencement of the training for Anambra Central at the Agricultural Development Programme Hall, Awka, the State Coordinator of NISS, Prof. Peter Nnabude, said the programme was staged to find ways of enhancing the productivity of the soil.

“We are training 14 Farmers and 6 Extension Agents for Anambra Central and will do the same in the other two Senatorial Districts.

“We are aware that our soils are poor, acidic and not properly managed and have therefore commenced various trainings on ways we can facilitate management of our soils at the local level.”

Prof. Nnabude, Soil Management Expert, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, enumerated gains derivable from the seminar to include improvement in the productive capacity of soils, participants skill improvement in terms of soil management, as well as bountiful economic returns.

He added, When the soils are rich, they will yield greater produce, and that translates to greater income. We also advocate integrated soil management, whereby you combine regenerative agriculture, inorganic, and organic systems to boost soil productivity.”

In a comment, the Programme Manager, of the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), Mr. Jude Nwankwo, said their agents were ready to internalize and step down knowledge, and information on new technologies and best practices to farmers in the state to enhance bumper harvests.

He, then, encouraged them not to hesitate to go for soil tests to determine if the soil was lacking essential nutrients using simple kits whenever they noticed poor yields.


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