Notore has designed the program in an effort to dramatically increase the productivity of the Nigerian farmer, which is currently at levels less than 20% of farmers in other developing nations. The learning centres will have assigned extension workers who after going through their own course (provided by Notore) will be equipped to educate farmers on techniques that can ensure optimal yields on their farms. This activity will enable farmers to learn specific agricultural techniques developed by Notore, and their international and domestic partners that harmonize global best practices with best practices developed in Nigeria to promote an educational program tailor made for the Nigerian farmer.
Speaking at the strategic launch in Benin City, Notore’s Head of Agricultural Services, Dr. Innocent Okuku stated that, this program takes a critical first step towards providing the Nigerian farmer the opportunity to get the optimal results out of utilizing Notore Premium Fertiliser and Improved Seeds to enable them double or triple their agricultural productivity in one planting season and attain yields that will enable the Nigerian farmer independently lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty.
Dr. Okuku is optimistic that the Program will tremendously revolutionize the country’s farming landscape. At the end of the Program, hundreds of thousands of farmers around the country would have been effectively educated on farming best practices leading to improved yields and the unlocking of the tremendous wealth potential of agriculture in our rural communities.
Notore is committed to helping reduce hunger and achieve food security on the African continent through the provision of the highest quality agricultural inputs, Premium Fertiliser and Improved Seeds, provided through our world class distribution network enabling availability of these products at the village level, coupled with tailor made educational outreach programs to enable the farmer be successful. As the only urea fertilizer plant in sub-Saharan Africa Notore is well positioned to become the major supplier of fertiliser in Africa.
April 17th 2009