NALDA graduates 269 Borno Soil Doctors, extension workers

The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) has grabduated 269 soil doctors and agriculture extension workers and also given test kits to facilitate their field operations, in Maiduguri , the Borno state capital.

This followed their successful
completion of a two week intensive training exercise organized by the NALDA in collaboration with the Borno state government.

The trainees comprising graduates with agriculture and science related educational backgrounds and corp members, were trained in areas of soil sample collection, soil testing as well as extension services.

At the certificate award ceremony, the Excecutive Secretary of the National Agricultural Land Development Authourity, Prince Paul Ikonne, expressed optimism that the entry of the trainees into the Nigerian agricultural system will address issues associated with soil testing and food quality.

He said, “It is expected that the injection of soil doctors and extension service providers into the Nigerian agricultural system will correct the anomalies of non-soil testing so that farming becomes healthy for the environment, humanity and quality food production”.

The governor of Borno state Professor Babagana Zulum, commended NALDA for giving the state such an opportunity as that was the first time the head of any agency would approach him with such intervention since he assumed office.

According to the governor, “it is the first in the history of my administration in Borno state that a Chief Excecutive of a federal agency called and told me, Mr Governor, I am in receipt of funding from the federal government , come so that we can work together.”

He said no other state has Borno’s agriculture potentials and water is not a limiting factor as irrigation engineers are being continually called upon to design structures that could handle the natural supply of water.

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