System of Rice Intensification Pre-Season Training

Rice farmers and Agric extension agents across some selected local government areas in Kaduna State were trained on a new technique of rice farming known as the system of rice intensification.
The training which was organized by the AGRA Kaduna consortium project, held on the 21st of February 2023, at the project office in the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services- NAERLS, A.B.U Zaria.
The Executive Director of the NAERLS, Professor Emmanuel Ikani, who chaired the opening ceremony, welcomed all the participants and stressed on the importance of capacity building for farmers and extension workers for increased productivity in order to achieve a food secured Nigeria.
He applauded the efforts of the project for the initiative of empowering the participants with skills on modern rice farming techniques and for their giant strides and achievements since the project started in the state.
The principal Investigator of the project, Professor C.K Daudu, presented an overview of the project goals.
Other presentations include "Good agronomic practices protocol for SRI production, by professor I.Y Amapu" and " Nursery establishment and usage of the power tiller, by Professor Aisha Abdulkadir".
Also present at the occasion were representatives from the Kaduna State Agricultural Development Agency and Premier seeds among others.