Twenty Four farmers drawn from Eight Local Government Areas of Taraba State have received special training on the production of Sesame seed as part of efforts to boost the Agricultural Sector.
Taravoices Correspondent reports that the training was held at the College of Agriculture Jalingo, with a call for Youths to avail themselves of the opportunity.
The agricultural potentials of any given society according to experts if fully harnessed, has the capacity to boost food production thereby ensuring food security.
It is against this background that the Taraba State Government in collaboration with Armphil Investment, Nigeria Limited embarked on training of farmers in the area of sesame seed farming also known as Bene seed to acquaint them with new improved seeds for better yields.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Isa’ac Mella urged the trainees to put into practice the lesson learnt at their various localities for optimal productivity.
He said Taraba is an Agrarian State considering the enormous agricultural potential endowments nature has bequeathed it, revealing that the decision to unlock the potentials of Sesame seed value chain is to help small medium, large scale farmers and the unemployed youths in the State to boost their economic fortunes.
The Programme Coordinator, Armphil Investment Limited, Mr Theophilus Urum, and Farmers Coordinator, State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Thomas Utume charged the trainees to see this training as a rare opportunity to make them self reliant in future, adding that nobody should wait for white collar Job while they are strong and healthy to engage in farming.
Mr. Bako Mamman Mairiga and Moses Saaku, farmers from Takum and Bali Local Government Areas respectively spoke about the training, saying it is a privilege and they will put in their best to put everything learnt into practice.
The benefitting Local Governments for the first phase include: Bali, Donga, Gassol, Karim Lamido, Kurmi, Takum, Ussa and Wukari. The remaining Eight Local Governments will benefit in due course.