He also stated that such initiatives were imperative in the transformation of the agricultural sector and successful diversification of Nigeria’s economy.

Njoku, speaking at the opening ceremony of a training workshop for farmers in the South-West, in Ilorin, Kwara State on Saturday, said, “Nigerian agricultural stakeholders desire a new order of doing things. We are convinced that emphasis should be concentrated directly on the farmers.

“If Nigerian farmers can be trained on how to manage and market their farm produce, then the situation that has kept us going round in circles would be dealt with. No longer would farmers labour incessantly on the farms without having anything tangible to show for it.”

He added that the Agricultural Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government had highlighted commodity value chain development as the main vehicle to drive its economic programme.