50 Farmers Trained in Pasture Production by Yobe Government

if completed, the project would provide more than 200 farmers near the lake and many others in the region with irrigation water.
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Pasture Production

Dr Mairo Amshi, Yobe Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, said on Friday that 50 farmers had been trained in pasture development by the ministry.

In Damaturu, Amshi told the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) that pasture production is a source of additional income for farmers and the production of animal feed for herders.

She said the ministry had acquired varieties of pasture seeds that would be multiplied and distributed to farmers in the province, such as lablab, centrosema and mucuna.

The Commissioner said the training was implemented because most farmers concentrated only on the cultivation of crops and ignored the production of pasture.

Amshi said plans to set up livestock centres at the three grazing reserves in the state's Bursari, Jakusko and Fika Local Government Areas had reached an advanced stage.

She said the ministry was working on the project with the Federal Government and the World Bank.

She added that the government would create herdsmen at the centers through the project and provide them with schools, clinics, pasture and water for maximum meat and milk production.

The commissioner was hopeful that the project would mitigate violent conflicts in the areas between herdsmen and farmers.

She also said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) for the reactivation of the Nguru Lake Irrigation Scheme will soon be signed by the ministry.

The Commissioner claimed that the State Task Force on Irrigation will oversee the technical aspect of the scheme.

She added that the state extension service staff would handle the aspect of educating the farmers on crop cultivation.

Amshi noted that, if completed, the project would provide more than 200 farmers near the lake and many others in the region with irrigation water.