Participants of the second batch of the Bayelsa State sponsored training program for farmers and intending farmers on agriculture have been charged to take the exercise serious, and be good ambassadors of the state.
Two hundred beneficiaries are expected to be trained in Nasarawa State for a period of two weeks, by Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) on fish farming, vegetable production, poultry, cassava and farm management among other areas.
Speaking during an orientation programme for participants, Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief David Alagoa, said the essence is to enable them acquire practical knowledge on modern farming system.
Chief Alagoa, described the programme as deliberate government plans to ensure food sufficiency, exporter of agricultural produce, implored them to add value to the agricultural food chain, upon completion of the programme.
While describing agriculture as the mainstay of the economy, the commissioner, admonished them to be of good conduct and shun any negative tendencies that would portray Bayelsa in a bad light among comity of other states.
Also speaking, Programme Manager of Agricultural Development, Mr. Jackson Diegbegha, advised beneficiaries to remain focused and take the training serious as it will empower them in various skills.
Mr. Diegbegha, said the programme was yielding the government desired result, based on the testimonies from participants from the batch A, he charged them to consolidate and surpass the success stories of the previous batch.
Speaking on behalf of other participants, Mr Abenzi Johnathan and Mrs Josephine Ekeuwei, appreciated Governor Douye Diri for creating the platform for the training and also the Commissioner, for implementing the laudable polices and programmes of government to uplift the standard living of the people of the State.
Mrs Ekeuwei and Mr. Jonathan, who promised to be good ambassadors of the State and to their families, pledged to impart the knowledge and experience garnered during the training to other Bayelsans.