The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is collaborating with the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) to provide adequate information to farmers across Nigeria on the appropriate use of PBR Cowpea technology.
It was developed by the Institute for Agricultural Research Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and officially named, registered and approved in Nigeria in December 2019 for onward release to farmers for cultivation.
AATF and the ABU based NAERLS under the agreement would bring their expertise and wealth of experience to bear in the training of farmers and extension workers across the country.
Ikani said that with the technical support of Institute for Agricultural Research, Zaria, AATF and NAERLS expected to coordinate extension services and develop training modules that target relevant players in the cowpea value chain across the country.
According to him, the agreement entails the development of modules, training of 600 extension agents and 6000 farmers on the appropriate use of the PBR Cowpea technology.
”NAERLS on the strengths of its capabilities and experience as an agricultural extension research and liaison services has the capacity and equipment for effective service delivery in core activities of Extension services, Research and Training.
”It will be able to deliver the expected outputs in this agreement.
”NAERLS will also develop and disseminate audience participatory gender sensitive e-extension services using the National Farmers helpline and social media platforms to deploy PBR cowpea information,” he said.
Ikani said other responsibilities to be undertaken by NAERLS include the development and management of youth-friendly, gender sensitive radio and TV programmes and multi-media packages to increase awareness and promote adoption of PBR Cowpea.
He said NAERLS according to the agreement, would also facilitate the development and dissemination of simple, user-friendly extension support publications that will provide the public the right information on PBR Cowpea.
Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)