Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has advocated the need to link farmers to extension services, saying the nation’s agricultural sector has been witnessing setbacks due to poor farming practices.
Obaseki made the call while declaring open the maiden edition of the Edo Food and Agric Fair, holding at Imaguero College, Benin, from Dec. 10 to Dec. 20.
He said that most farmers lacked information about modern farming techniques as well as understanding agricultural value chain, which had led to neglect of the sector.
“The help farmers need is not only cash, the major help is what we call “extension services”.
“Extension agents should be able to take research findings and information to farmers; help them to understand their peculiar needs and how they can get government support.