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April 14, 2024
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Katsina Converts 722  Local Government Workers to Agricultural Extension Officers

The Katsina State Governor, Dikko Radda has announced the conversion of 722 local government workers into agricultural extension service officers. 

This decision aims to address the shortage of manpower in agricultural extension services in the state. 

Speaking at a two-day training themed “Building the Future of Extension Services,” Governor Radda highlighted the importance of extension services in driving agricultural development, emphasizing its role as a game-changer for enhancing food production.

Under this initiative, each of the 361 political wards across the 34 local government areas of the state will have a minimum of two agricultural extension service workers. 

Governor Radda assured that the converted workers would undergo training at their respective senatorial zones and local government areas to ensure they acquire the necessary skills. 

However, he noted that each extension officer will receive a motorcycle to facilitate movement within their assigned areas.

The governor reaffirmed the government’s commitment to supporting farmers by providing improved seeds and other inputs to boost productivity. 

Ahmed Bakori, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Livestock Development, reiterated the government’s determination to transform agricultural activities to achieve food sufficiency, security, and address insecurity in the state. 

He emphasized the crucial role of extension workers in delivering the latest scientific farming information directly to farmers to stimulate agricultural growth.

Abdullahi Ibrahim, Managing Director of the Katsina State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority, urged the participants to pay attention during the training to effectively disseminate knowledge to farmers. 

He also encouraged farmers to collaborate with the extension service workers to promote overall agricultural development in the state.

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