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The Plant protection services under the Department of Agriculture on Wednesday, 10th may organized a three-day training at the model horticulture center.

The training supported by the FAO Technical Cooperation Program aims at building the capacity of Agric Extension Workers from the North Bank Region and staff of the National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARI) on Integrated Pest Management.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Deputy Director, Plant Protection Services, Mr. Landing Sonko commended the trainer Braima James and expressed optimism that the training objectives are met. He further, complements the efforts of the Director General for his relentless effort in providing logistical support right from the inception.

The FAO consultant Braima James for his part thanked the FAO in their response to take up this training to build the capacities of DOA officials on integrated Pest Management. This, he said, would go a long way in reaching other extension staff and farmers through step down trainings. He said the FAO made a timely intervention in tackling the problems of pest. Adding that, many problems were identified during his short stay in the country. He further pointed out that such trainings could trigger donors to look into other issues in future and urged participants to make best use of the knowledge shared.

The Director General, Department of Agriculture, Falalo Touray in his opening statement expressed delight in bringing the synergy between the two important units; NARI and extension staff, which he said, would strengthen extension research linkages. He said though the training targets spiraling whitefly,  but it should go beyond to cover other aspects of crop production noting that, there would be no meaningful production in the absent of adequate crop protection mechanisms. He called for the participation of women in protection trainings, as they are the backbone of the production workforce.

He commended the unflinching support by the FAO and the important roles played and reiterated the need for participants to take the training with seriousness and make step down trainings for those on the ground.

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