By Damilola Adeyemo
ABUJA – The Federal Government has said 30,000 graduates would be engaged as agricultural extension workers who will provide strategic support to farmers across the country.
Paul Ikonne, The Executive Secretary of, National Agricultural Land Development Authority in an interview said “Mr. President has given the approval to engage over 30,000 graduates who would be engaged under the National Young Farmers Scheme.
“They will be trained intensively for two weeks on soil sample collection and soil tests, as well as other agriculture extension services.”
“We cannot achieve food security without understanding our soil, without getting our farmers to know what the soil requires.
“So what the soil doctors will be doing is that they will go to every farmland to conduct soil tests first before any farming season in order to know what nutrient the various soils require and what type of fertilizer the crops will need.”
He further added that the extension workers would be deployed across the country.
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