In the effort to ensure the safe use of personal protective equipment and products for agronomical practices and stewardship, Bayer Nigeria Limited in partnership with Sokoto state Agricultural Development Agency has trained about 250 lead farmers and extension officers on Bayer GAP and stewardship in Sokoto state.
Speaking at the 3-day training of farmers and extension officers from three senatorial zones – Sokoto, Wurno and Tambuwal, Mr. Emmanuel Folorunsho, Area Sales Manager, Bayer, said the purpose of the training was greatly achieved as the response from the trainees on the need to build personal protective equipment for their safe use was progressive, adding that both the farmers and the extension officers are expected to make good use of the knowledge acquired on Bayer GAP and stewardship in their agribusinesses.
Also at the Opening ceremony, the Director, Agricultural services, Sokoto state, Mall. Malami Abubakar Magaji said the training created awareness on areas of agrochemical use and management of farm input which a significant number of the farmers were unaware of, according to him, the sensitization gave them an insight into proper adoption of good agricultural practices using Bayer Nigeria products as what was formerly used by the farmers had a poor effect on their yields. He lauded Bayer Nigeria products saying the farmers have been greatly helped with the chemicals given to them, adding that, “Most of these farmers have been using products that are not good for their crops, they spend more than 14 days expecting good yields after application only to realize they have wasted their time.”
One of the extension officers, Abubakar Wurno who benefited from the training explained that the trainees responded positively during the training which indicated their readiness to buy the Bayer Nigeria products, praised for its agronomical and pharmaceutical benefits not exclusive to agribusiness owners but all-round users. The extension officers, according to him, were responsible for guiding the farmer’s activities, adding that one of the farmers who had used Bayer Nigeria products for eight years and medicinal purposes with satisfactory effect, encouraged the other farmers to use the products.
Kabiru Ruwa, married with three children is among the lead farmers trained by Bayer Nigeria in Sokoto state. Ruwa who has been farming as his only source of income for 16-17 years majorly for personal consumption said area of the training which covered the use of insecticides for pest control and diseases interested him as his crops this year had poor yield. While expressing determination to use the Bayer products, he said he bought decies, other chemicals for maize, rice, and tomatoes at low prices adding that he is happy he could always reach out to Bayer Nigeria to order more products.
“I am glad Bayer gave us the platform to collectively reach out to them for more purchase, I will call them back to testify to their product value when I start using them,” he said.