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FG trains 200 farmers on use of herbicide in Kogi

The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, said during the training in Lokoja that the participants would be given knap sprayer each…

The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, said during the training in Lokoja that the participants would be given knap sprayer each at no cost after the training so that they will be able to use it to control pests and weeds on their farms.
Akinwumi, who was represented by the Director Federal Ministry of Agriculture in the state, Dare Arotiba, said the ministry would also distribute 5000 maize storage bags to farmers across the 21 local government areas of the state to store their produce and prevent them from being destroyed by pests.
He said government has discovered that pests, diseases and storage are the major problems facing farmers in the country, saying that with the distribution of sprayer and storage bags, they will be able to overcome the problems and have their products stored for a long time.
Earlier, the consultant to the maize value chain of the Agricultural transformation agenda of the federal government, Dr. Joseph Moroti Fajemnin, said the training was to empower youth farmers to produce maize in a modern way without much hazards and stress.
He added that weed control is a major aspect of maize production and that they were trying to move away from the traditional hoe weeding method to the use of herbicide.

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