For Nigeria to attain Food Sufficiency, extension service officers need to intensify speed and increase productivity in Agriculture. The Executive Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has advocated an increase in the activities of agricultural extension service officers to farmers to boost food production in the country.
The Governor made the call a few days ago at a one-day interactive session with 2015/2017 beneficiaries of Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) in Asaba.
According to Governor Okowa, “agriculture remains the greatest employer of labour, it is encouraging that most of our youths that we have empowered to operate in that sector are doing well, but, we must have enough people in the extension service to encourage farmers.”
“I am glad that our youths have embraced agriculture, it will lead to food sufficiency and boost our drive in creating entrepreneurs; we are going to strengthen the mentoring and monitoring unit to ensure that beneficiaries of our empowerment programmes are encouraged to do well,” he said.
Governor Okowa observed that those, who have succeeded in their businesses were determined to succeed, adding, “if you stay resolute, success story will surely come; challenges will surely come but, you need to be resilient to do it right.”
“I am glad that a lot of you are doing well, people in government should be able to patronize you, I am very impressed with the success stories I have heard today,” he stated.
Some of the beneficiaries observed that, with the level they have grown within two years of establishing their businesses, they were capable of training beneficiaries of the skill acquisition programmes and called for patronage from the state government.