The Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan, has begun a two-day training on improved technologies in pig production, poultry, sheep and goats value chain for 150 livestock farmers in South-west.
Speaking at the workshop on Thursday in Ibadan, the institute’s Executive Director, Prof. James Adediran, said the training was packaged to benefit participating farmers from the zone to boost their production.
Adediran, who was represented by the former Head of Livestock Programme, IAR&T, Prof. Kingsley Adeseyinwa, said IAR&T had experienced scientists to effectively handle the training.
According to him, the training aims to improve farmers’ practices to get better results; the training will continue even after this stage.
“After it, the farmers will receive some money and materials to support them improve their livestock production.
“The training will be a dialogue, not a monologue, so we want everybody to participate actively,” he said.
Adediran advised the participating farmers to learn how to add value to their livestock production and thereby, position their produce for higher markets and exports.
He also urged them to allow the training to have its desired impact on them, saying that the nation looked on them for its sufficiency in food production.
Earlier, the Head of Livestock Programme, IAR&T, Dr Festus Ajayi, said the training was designed to empower the farmers by way of improving on their production and income.
According to him, participants cut across the south-west zone of Nigeria.
“I’m sure that at the end of the training, you will have a great output in your production,” he said.
Similarly, the coordinator of the workshop, Prof. Joseph Omole, pointed out that disseminating latest technologies to the farmers would help to improve their capacity on livestock production.
One of the participants, Mrs Abigael Ayoola, appreciated the institute for the opportunity given to them through the training.
“I have concluded on going higher by the end of the workshop, and I know that after the programme, all of us will have the same mind set,” she said.