As part of the efforts toward improving the livelihoods of cassava farmers in Nigeria, TECHNOSERVE NIGERIA organised 2days Production training for cassava farmers in Kabbabunu Local Government Area of Kogi State. In order for the farmers to acquired good agronomic practices, CAVA II Nigeria was contacted by the Organizer to give a technical support on production, hence led to CAVA II Nigeria support for the Organisation on Good Agronomic Practices (GAP) on Cassava production .
The training had in attendance the Cargill representative in Nigeria, Chief Awoniyi, Provost, College of Agriculture, Kabba, Mr. Jacob Oloniruha, his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs. Mohammed, Staff of College and Community Leaders from within and outside Kabba. Mr. Olorunfemi Toyin (Technoserve Member) in his Welcome address said Cargill Cassava Production and Processing is aimed at helping smallholder farmers to increase their productivity and incomes through the sales of high cialis pas cher yielding roots to Industries in cassava value chains.
The Cargill representative in Nigeria, Chief Awoniyi expressed worry on the spate of youth participation in agriculture production, particularly cassava .During his keynotes address, he said, Nigeria will soon face hardship towards food security, going by the way the youths are neglecting farming activities. The survey on this was made possible during his speech while he requested all participants of age ranges between 20-25, 26-30,31-40,41 and above years old to signify their presence .
He was from this, able to realise that only one person was between 20-25years bracket, with 99% of participants fell within the range of 40 years and above. He further said that their attitudes towards adopting innovation have been keeping many agricultural development programmes away from them and therefore enjoined them to see the training programmes as a big opportunity and advised them (farmers) to properly make use of training and apply the knowledge gained to increase yields on their cassava fields all over.
In addition, the Provost of the college of Agriculture, Mr. Jacob Oloniruha expressed joy over the training opportunity and enjoined farmers to embrace it and make use of skills acquired through the training.
However, during the technical session on best agronomic practices, Mr. Steven Olonade the Technical Expert on cassava production for cava II Nigeria made a brief Introduction about CAVA II Project objectives, targets and intervention in cassava value chain in 5 African countries and also on background situation of cassava production in Nigeria and outside. Mr Olonade took the farmers into the nitty gritty of GAP- Land preparation & Maintenance of cassava farm and GAP –Disease and pest management of a cassava farm.
In conclusion, he made recommendation to source for inputs like Improved cassava varieties through IITA, KOGI ADP and other Out -growers closer to them. He ensured good spacing are practised during planting, how good varieties can be selected to meet up with Processors requirements, timely planting to avoid diseases out-break, timely fertilizer application, weed controls, right time for harvest and it shouldn’t be delay too much to avoid rodents and other pest causing low yields. Finally he advised them on how they can get other market options whereby cassava roots can be processed into other value products which will cause them to grow more cassava.