Participants at a Ffarmers training in Kano, have expressed satisfaction with the first hand information and new farming techniques they acquire during a one day sensitisation training organized for them by an online newspaper, Farmers Voice.
Farmers Voice, a news platform focusing on agriculture-based stories, organized the sensitization lecture for farmers Kano Farmers in Bunkure Local government area.
The farmers whom were visibly excited during the training, commended the organizers for chosing their LGA for the sensitisation, which will help them protect thier farmlands and produce.
The training which turn into discussion with the farmers for thier keen interest to acquire the new skills, gave the resource persons courage to spend more time with the participants.
Sabiu Muhammad Ismail, a farmer who attended the sensitization lecture, expressed gratitude on behalf of other farmers for the knowledge gained
Online editor of Farmers Voice NG, Buhari Abba Rano stated that the training is aimed at providing farmers with essential knowledge and insights to enhance their farming practices and overall productivity.
He highlighted the event as an opportunity for networking, encouraging the exchange of ideas and experiences among fellow farmers.
The event titled “Drip and Sprinkler Irrigation, Greenhouse Crop Production, Pest and Disease Management of Tomatoes was organized in partnership with the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), Fombina Farms, and Fombina Imprints.
Speaking during the event, one of resource person, Amina Ado Yahaya, a Technical Field Officer from the East-West Knowledge Transfer Foundation, focused her presentation on “Pest and Disease Management,” discussing both abiotic and biotic factors.
Abiotic factors according to her, included temperature, sunlight, soil moisture, while biotic factors encompassed bacteria, fungi, viruses, nematodes, insects, pests, and their causative agents.
She advised farmers to adopt modern agronomy practices such as seedling production, transplanting, spacing, and bed preparation to mitigate the impact of pests like tuta absoluta.
On his part, Abdullahi Muhammad Babayaro, another facilitator from the East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation Nigeria, educated farmers on the process of chemical application, crop level, and preventive measures for pest management.
He stressed the importance of combining cultural and biological practices, including crop rotation, cover cropping, moul chain, bio-pesticide application, and the use of blue and yellow sticky traps.