IITA trains 60 extension service providers


 The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on Tuesday said it had trained 60 extension service and spray providers in tackling weeds, especially in cassava farming.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by Mr Godwin Atser, IITA Information Officer; the training was done in collaboration with Cassava Weed Management Project and Bayer Crop Science.
``The training covers areas such as the Safe Use of Herbicides, Herbicides Safety and Application, Gender, Effective Meeting, Group Formation, Participation, Cassava Agronomy, Basics of Computer, Adult Education and Report writing.
``The training was in response to the gaps earlier identified during the training needs assessment of extension staff in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Atser said the participants were also taught the principles of calibration as a prerequisite for effective spraying.
The Project Leader of the IITA-CWMP, Dr Alfred Dixon said the exercise was designed to enable the participants carry out their responsibilities effectively. 

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