The Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has launched an Agricultural Extension Clinic in a move to boost food security in the state.
The move was also made to increase farmers' income in the state.
This was disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by Joseph Hussaini, the Director of Technical Services at the Gombe State Agricultural Development Programme (GADP).
Hussaini said the initiative was aimed at providing farmers in the state with accurate information on the best agronomic practices to improve crop yields and maximize profits.
He emphasized that relying on traditional farming methods alone would not lead to optimal results in achieving food sufficiency.
He also highlighted the crucial role of extension services in modern agriculture, prompting the state ADP to strengthen its extension service provision in all offices across the state.
“Ahead of the wet season for this year, we have opened what we call extension clinics where we empower farmers with the required information to help them boost their yield and escape poverty.
“This we do yearly and we are enhancing the knowledge of farmers before every planting season to make sure they don’t make losses as they engage in the vocation of farming.
“Anyone who needs knowledge on Good Agronomic Practices (GAPs), we render them our services free of charge in the interest of food security and welfare of farmers,” he said.
Hussaini further stated that the Governor Yahaya-led administration has prioritized the agricultural sector and allocated funds for agricultural research to discover innovative ways of improving the industry.
He added that the research outcomes have been documented and now form part of the extension services offered to farmers throughout the state.
He explained that the extension services cover various aspects, including information on suitable seeds, soil health enhancement, rainfall patterns, fertilizer application, disease management and more.
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