OSUN STATE AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (OSSADEP), IWO. REPORT PRESENTED AT THE ANNUAL NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION REVIEW AND PLANNING MEETING (NAERPM ) HELD AT NAERLS/ABU, ZARIA. 19TH – 23RD NOVEMBER, 2012.
OSUN STATE AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (OSSADEP), IWO.REPORT PRESENTED AT THE ANNUALNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION REVIEW AND PLANNING MEETING (NAERPM)HELD ATNAERLS/ABU, ZARIA.19TH – 23RD NOVEMBER, 2012.
INTRODUCTIONThis report covers extension and research activities for year 2012. It also covers proposed activities for year 2013.The ADP collaborated with IAR&T on REFILS activities, Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan on Cashew survey in two (2) Local Government areas and National Rice and Maize centre for the promotion of High Quality Protein Maize.Also OSSADEP was deeply involved in the Farmer Business School of German International Cooperation (GIZ) tagged Cocoa Livelihood Programme in four (4) Local Government areas. A total of 2, 015 were trained under the programme. Also total of 90, 515 farmers were registered under the National Farmer Database to enable the farmers in the state benefit from the Growth Enhancement Support programme of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA).Furthermore under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), farmers enjoyed free distribution of Improved cassava cuttings, Maize and rice seeds. Agrochemicals and fertilizers were accessed by farmers in the six (6) Redemption centres under the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES).
The extension component in Osun State Agricultural Development
Programme is made up of two sub components.
Number of zones – Three (03)
Number of Blocks-31
Number of Cells-248
Number of Extension Agents-149
Farm Families-256, 000
Extension Agents-Farm Families Ratio 1:1718
TABLE 1: STAFF DISPOSITION
NOTE:Most of the Local Government EAs are not mobile.
Seventeen (17) groups were registered under this programme cover five (5) Local Government Area. Fourteen (14) of the groups are into processing of Root and Tuber crops while three (3) are into production (2 for cassava and 1 for potato).
Osun State has keyed into the Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government with the sensitisation of all the stakeholders of the beginning of the year (2012).
The commodity-value-chain of priority on the state are Rice, Cassava, Oil palm/Cocoa, Fisheries and Livestock.