The Kano State Government has revealed that all arrangements with partners to offer extension services to farmers’ electronically tagged, “e-extension,” are almost concluded.
This was disclosed by the Managing Director, Kano State Agricultural Development Agency (KNARDA), Dr Junaidu Yakubu, while addressing the media and officials of Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) during a field day visit by the team.
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He said the move to ease agricultural practices in the state was an initiative under Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project (KSADP) in which SAA had been playing a vital implementation role.
He explained that the E-extension would entail the provision of devices to farmers with an application that would easily allow them to directly request information from extension agents and get an instant response, especially on issues regarding their farming activities.
He explained that the move would no doubt bridge the gap in the high demand for extension agents as well as assist farmers to grow big in agribusiness.
The SAA’s Deputy Country Director, Dr Abdulhamid Gambo, in his remarks, stated that the sum of $21.31 million was budgeted for the 5-year project implementation through a loan facility from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and a grant component from Live and Livelihood Funds (LLF) which would be invested in the development of sustainable production systems.