Agriculture extension workers: commissioner awards certificates to trainees

Yenagoa-—The federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in conjunction with the Bayelsa state government has enrolled and trained more participants of agricultural extension workers to support the ongoing investments in agriculture by the Douye Diri-led government.

David Alagoa, the commissioner for agriculture and natural resources, appreciated the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development for the extension programme training.

He said the state government has made extension training a priority to bring the latest farming trends and knowledge to every corner of the state.

Alagoa commended the participants for making themselves available and completing the training, saying it will add value to their lives and society.

According to him, the programme is aimed at training 75,000 extension workers nationwide and 5,000 at the state level.

“I want to appreciate you for completing this programme; indeed, I was here at the opening, and like I said at the opening, you people are a very rare breed, because you are the ones that are going to take out the message of our agricultural revolution into the communities.

“Your task is heavy and we can only thank you for providing yourselves for this training. This is only the beginning, so like I said, with time, we could be interacting a lot more.

“This is a programme initiated by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with us and we only just started.

“The target is to train 75,000 Extension Workers nationwide which means, we are likely to have at least, by the time we finish this programme, nothing less than 5,000 Extension Workers in our State.

“So far, we have done two batches, the first batch was 30, this batch is now 40, but 38 attended, so, already we have 68.

“By next year, we will be nearer 300, and even our Ministry will be training and training more extension workers to support our renewed interest in agriculture,” he said.

The commissioner later presented certificates to the successful participants at the closing ceremony of the 4-day intensive training of the extension workers.

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