Abuja, Feb.6, 2019 (NAN) – The Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan on Wednesday said it had so fast trained at least,100 farmers in South-West on different livestock productions to create wealth and improve farmers’ income.
The Institute Executive Director, Prof. James Adediran, said at the training workshop on wealth creation that the training was in response to the need for effective diversification of the economy through agriculture.
Adediran, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Dr Jelili Saka, identified agriculture as one of the key factors that could improve the economy through its value chain, if well developed.
« In the bid to achieve this effective diversification, IAR&T plans to establish a campus of Obafemi Awolowo University here in the institute that will run a degree programme in agriculture.
« Agriculture is assuming a new role to drive our economy to its promise land, so all stakeholders must work hard to achieve this goal, » he said.
Former Head, Trypanotolerant Livestock Improvement Programme, IAR&T, Prof. Adeboye Omole, advised farmers to take livestock as a business and not only for consumption.
Omole identified several livestock production benefits to include: income generation, employment creation, food security, wealth creation, ready-made market, prevention of diseases and future investment.
« All you need to have is the will, passion, monitoring, evaluation and positive attitude toward agriculture, among other qualities, to make progress, » he said.
Earlier, the Head of Livestock Improvement Programme, IAR&T, Dr Festus Ajayi, said the institute had zonal mandate on development of livestock adaptable to South-West ecology.
He also said that part of its activities was to conduct research and disseminate the information to the farmers.
« We are here to share our research findings to farmers and stakeholders; we also have the aspect of finance, farm management and how to get loans, in the course of the workshop.
« The training comes up twice a year, this is the first in 2019 and by God’s grace we will also hold another one before the end of the year.
« At the end of the training, we expect the farmers to be able to make more profits, explore and reach out to other farmers in livestock production, » he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the training entitled ‘Wealth creation through livestock production’ featured poultry, pig, sheep, goat, snail, fish, grass cutter productions and artificial insemination techniques.