According to him, the programme is organised in such a way that each ADP is divided into cells and each cell is to be monitored by one extension agent.
“So, in Delta we have 200 cells and these cells ordinarily should have 200 extension agents but as I speak with you, we have a little above 80 extension officers.
“Our programme is statewide and we are supposed to visit every farmer as part of our extension services to educate them on the latest farming methods and applications.
“With these shortages, the potential of reaching all the farmers is not there, so, we are looking for more extension workers to ease our job,” he said.
He said the population of registered farmers in the state was high and that the Federal Government through its Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) was carrying out enumeration of farmers in the states.
Asenime said the programme was a mobile one and commended the Federal Government for the complementary role it played in providing 22 motorcycles for the extension workers.
He said that extension services were very important to government policy on agriculture because it increased productivity as well as alleviated poverty. (NAN)