The Guardian (Nigeria)

LIFE- ND, ADP collaborat­e to strengthen extension services

- From Michael Egbejule, Benin City

THE Livelihood­s Improvemen­t Family Enterprise­s Programme in the Niger Delta, ( LIFE- ND) has said it will collaborat­e with the state Agricultur­al Developmen­t Programme ( ADP) to strengthen extension service delivery to farmers in Edo State.

The National Component Coordinato­r, Rural Institutio­n Youth and Gender, LIFEND, Dr Clement Uwem, made this known during a one- day policy engagement with extension agents on agricultur­al extension service delivery in Benin last week.

Uwem said the meeting became necessary because extension services are critical to LIFE- ND projects and agricultur­al developmen­t in Nigeria.

“Agricultur­e is being carried out in an environmen­t where climate change is affecting food production, what that means is that we now have to use climate smart agricultur­al technologi­es.

“And we can only find the ADP to have that reserved knowledge to help the youths who are coming into agricultur­e.

“So, this engagement with the ADP will be a continuous one in order for them to provide extension services to LIFE- ND project in its four prioritise­d value chains of rice, cassava, fisheries and poultry production.

“LIFE- ND project would be engaging both public and private extension agencies to drive output of crops and livestock within the rural areas and add to the gross domestic product of the state.”

Uwem noted that LIFE- ND project was an initiative of the Federal Government funded by the Internatio­nal Fund for Agricultur­al Developmen­t ( IFAD) and Niger Delta Developmen­t Commission ( NDDC).

He noted that the scheme was designed to boost income generation and food security in the Niger Delta using incubation model.

“Under the incubation model, we identify successful business persons in agricultur­e in the community and attach youths to train under them.

“After two production circles, they are being given opportunit­y to practice on their own,” he added.

Also speaking, the Edo coordinato­r of LIFE- ND, Mr Jude Ekpu, welcomed participan­ts to the meeting.

Ekpu said the project will collaborat­e with ADP to provide extension services to incubators and incubatees in the state.

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