A Non -Governmental Organization, (NGO), Young Men’s Christian Association Mada -Hill, has trained over 725 farmers on modern agricultural techniques and extension services in Nasarawa state this year 2019.
The farmers, who were drawn from Obi, Lafia and Nasarawa Eggon, local government councils of the state, were also provided with modern agricultural inputs, improved seeds and funds to ensure availability of food across the state.
The president of the association, Obadiah Joseph Anji stated this in an occasion marking the golden jubilee of YMCA-Mada Hills in Lafia said, “YMCA was able to access about twenty million into the project for this year, where about seven hundred and twenty-five (725) farmers have been trained in this regard.
According to him, they were able to achieve that through the collaborative effort of an international development Partner; EJW-Germany, who is the major sponsor of the scheme in the state, hoping to empower over 20,000 farmers in 16 communities by the end of the program in 2024.
Anji added the German partners are not only youth-driven in their development agenda, but they are also supporting the activities of YMCA in the north, which Mada-Hills is part of in the areas of health, agricultural, youth development and ICT.
He reiterated “we are in 16 communities, covering three local government areas; Lafia, Obi and Nasarawa-Eggon are hosting YMCA with the aim to create and impact knowledge on rural agriculturists to know the modern farming techniques.
” We are targeting to train over 20,000 farmers from these 16 communities, and hoping to achieve that target in the next three years.”