FG trains youths, nu­tri­tion­ists on sorghum pro­cess­ing

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE - From Adamu Saleh, Gombe

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.

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