The Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) Mada Hills has held its agricultural show for the year 2021.
The event held at the headquarters of YMCA Mada Hills in Bukan Sidi, Lafia and had farmers from three Local Government Areas in Nasarawa State namely Obi, Lafia and Nassarawa Eggon, showcase produce from their farms.
It also had in attendance representatives from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Association of Small Scale Agro Producers in Nigeria (ASSAPIN) and the Value Chain Development Program (VCDP). There were also representatives from other chapters of YMCA across Nigeria.
In his goodwill message at the event, the YMCA National General Secretary, Mr. Akin Omonola congratulated YMCA Mada Hills for their good work especially the agric show which according to him, has a huge impact on the community.
He urged the farmers to continue cooperating with the YMCA in order to enjoy the maximum benefits.
He appreciated the government of Nasarawa State for its continuous support to the YMCA while calling for more collaboration between government and well-meaning non-governmental organizations and CSOs.
The agricultural show which is an annual event under the YMCA’s Community Based Agricultural Extension Project, is an avenue for farmers to showcase produce from their farms from the previous season in either its raw or processed form. This year’s event is the third edition of the program.
The agric show also affords agro-allied companies to showcase their produce such as improved seeds, fertilizers and agro-chemicals. This year there were improved rice, okra, water melon, potato, onion, cucumber, pepper, tomatoes, cabbage and garden egg seeds for the benefit of the farmers.
High point of the event was inspection of the farm produce exhibited by farmers after which prizes were given to the best three in crops, livestock and processed food categories respectively.
While giving the vote of thanks, YMCA Mada Hills Executive Secretary Mr. Ango Adamu said they organize the agric show yearly as a way of fostering networking between farmers. He said it is also an opportunity provided for the farmers to ask questions where they need clarifications and also to sell some of their farm produce.
He said the prizes given to some farmers during the exhibition was only to motivate the farmers to put more efforts into their work to produce the best.
He then assured that the YMCA will continue to do more so that even more people will benefit.