By Abel Leonard, Lafia
Experts from the agricultural sector have advised farmers to embrace the use of information technology and innovations to improve food production in the country.
They made the call during a one-day training workshop on climate-smart agricultural technologies for extension workers and farmers in the north-central geopolitical area of Lafia, the state capital of Lafia. Nasarawa.
The coordinator of the training workshop organized by the Nigerian Institute of Soil Science, Dr. Amana Sani Mathew from the Faculty of Agriculture, Nasarawa State University, said the program was aimed at exposing farmers and extension officers in the use of information technology in line with the recent climate forecast from the Nigerian Metrology Agency,
He called on farmers to continue to work closely with agencies concerned with climate change and forecasts to keep abreast of innovations and technologies towards good sustainable production.
Declaring the opening of the workshop, the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture of Nasarawa State University, Prof. James Jayeoba, represented by the Vice Dean, Dr. Haruna Suleiman, said that adequate information on the effects of climate change remained the most effective means of obtaining good optimum production.
Professor Jayeoba stressed that constant engagements with farmers and extension agents are essential to agricultural practice.
He called on the participants to ensure that they give up training to other farmers, especially in the rural areas of their various states, to achieve the desired goal.
Some of the workshop participants, Mr. Anpe Mathias, Chairman of Plateau State Potato Growers Association, and Mr. Ogidi Enoi from Benue State expressed optimism that the knowledge gained from the training would help farmers address some of the climate challenges they face. each agricultural season.
Daily Sun reports that the workshop included paper presentations and demonstrations on how to use sensors to collect and transmit data on soil, air and climate management.