FG trains youths, nutritionists on sorghum processing
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture has begun a training programme on processing and utilisation of sorghum-fortified high energy food for family and school feeding in 13 Northern states.
Okpara Obinna, Deputy Director (Sorghum) Federal Ministry of Agriculture, who spoke at the workshop said they targeted the 13 states of Northeast and North-west because of the “great levels of severe malnutrition in these zones.”
He said they were training “women, youths, hospital nutritionists and school feeding coordinators who have the capacity to step it down in their homes, local governments and schools”.
Obinna said participants were equally taught entrepreneurial development and business to further put the processing into viable use.
Already, sorghum value chain, according to him, has started impacting positively on farmers in the zones where the crop is being promoted, saying the ministry, in 2013, distributed 500 metric tonnes of improved high-yielding sorghum to 100,000 farmers for planting.
He said the agriculture ministry has trained 500 farmers on Modern Agronomic Practices (GAP), harvest and postharvest management techniques of handling these improved varieties.
Mr. Naphtali David Thelta, representing the Desk Officer on Sorghum Transformation Value Chain, said 300 participants have been trained in Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Taraba and Zamfara states.