Farmer literacy identified as major challenge for grazing technologies

The literacy level of farmers, among other factors, has been identified as a major challenge for grazing technologies.

The Managing Director of the Milk Value Chain Foundation (MVCF), Ishaq Bello said so during a dairy forum in Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, the essence of the dialogue was to create interaction between development partners in government and farmers.

He said, “Farmers face several challenges; The problem is how the technology is packaged and how easy it is to use. The literacy level of the farmers is another challenge as it is imperative for the whole process. The availability of resources for farmers is another issue; sufficient funds and land.

“The essence of this dialogue is to create interaction between development partners in government and farmers. Things like this take time, but with consistent commitments and dialogue like the one we have today, it is entirely possible. We identify key issues and come up with solutions together to ensure sustainable production and adoption,” he said.

The Managing Director of MILCOPAL, Mrs. Rukiya Gwanme, said the program would enable women farmers to generate more income.

“It will help women farmers know how the milk is processed and marketed. They will know how to distribute the milk for household consumption and how to market the leftovers, thus helping their families financially.

“Technology will help us in many areas; It will strengthen production, it will help to select, raise and breed animals, it will improve the general hygiene of animals considerably,” she said.

Deputy Director, Commercial Remnant and Bureau Production of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Hakeem Ibilade revealed that the project has been fully approved by the ministry.

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