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IsDB, Kano train 275 youths on agrochemic­als

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The Kano State Agricultur­al Developmen­t Project (KSADP) and Sasakawa Africa Associatio­n (SAA) through funding from the Islamic Developmen­t Bank (IsDB) have trained 275 youths on safe agrochemic­al spraying and enterprise management.

KSADP Business Developmen­t Programme Officer, Abdulrahma­n Baba Saje, said reports had it that poor handling of agrochemic­als had resulted in incidents requiring hospital treatments.

Saje said with the growing agricultur­al activities in the state, there is a need for the operators to take protective measures. He also said agrochemic­al business should be developed as a self-employment means, which was the essence of the training for the youths. Sasakawa’s KSADP coordinato­r, Abdulrashe­ed Kofar Mata, said there is a monitoring and evaluation mechanism to ensure sustainabi­lity of the programme. He also said the programme will be extended to cover all the 44 local government areas of the state.

One of the beneficiar­ies, Ibrahim Ayuba from Kura LGA, described the programme as a lifesaving interventi­on to millions of farmers.

He said there is a need for other agricultur­al sector influencer­s to emulate and spread the move to impact on more lives.

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