To fast-track efforts toward achieving zero hunger and mitigating poverty, the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) has trained no fewer than 120 farmers on the home garden and horticultural waste management.
Project Coordinator, Dr. Olufunmilayo Idowu, who disclosed this during an awareness campaign on agricultural waste management and home garden in Kano State, said the objective of the training was to encourage family farming and ensure food security in the country.
According to Idowu, the training was organized by the institute with the intention of sensitizing farmers on how to take care of their farms and the essence of the home garden.
He said the farmers would be taught how to use waste for crop and mushroom production, as well as business opportunities.
In her remarks, the Chief Research Officer and Head of Extension Programme, NIHORT, Dr. Funmilayo Olajide-Taiwo, said that Nigeria is faced with the problem of micronutrients deficiency, which is putting the country at risk.
She noted that through dietary diversification, Nigeria could curtail micronutrient deficiency in the country, adding that the home garden could provide an answer.
She further urged Nigerians not to wait until they acquired vast lands before embarking on farming, stressing that citizens can actually start with small spaces within their neighborhood.