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FG seeks Private Sector support to address challenges of Agric Extension Services

The Federal Government has said that the challenges facing the agricultural extension require the support of private sectors and experts in the sector, noting that the government cannot handle it alone due to the increasing population of farmers.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammed Abubakar said this during the Regional Policy Dialogue on Integration of Climate Smart Agriculture, Cross Border Trade and Markets, and Foresight in the Agricultural Extension  &  Advisory Services  (AEAS)  Policy; and Launching of  Africa-wide Agricultural Extension Week 2023 (AAEW2023) held in Abuja.

The Minister said it has become highly necessary to address the current all-comers’ affairs in the AEAS delivery in Nigeria which has not been productive to the nation’s agricultural systems

He said it is obvious the situation has been compounded by poor coordination and a lack of proper implementation of policies.

“Given these serious challenges, there is an urgent need, therefore, to identify and assess the numerous extension service systems/approaches (both the traditional public, private or hybrid extension systems) that can help to address the problems. It is becoming increasingly obvious that the government alone cannot provide adequate extension services to the highly expanding Nigerian population.

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