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  • 1. INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND TRAINING, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, IBADAN. WAAPP/ARCN/IAR&T SUCCESS STORIES by Ogunsumi, Lucia Omobolanle (Dr Mrs) Coordinator (Adopted village/schools) AUGUST 2013
  • 2. Project background: As part of the efforts of the Federal Government towards food security and food sufficiency, the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development established the adopted village / school program in year 2009. Consequent upon the foregoing, IAR&T, Ibadan adopted two villages and two schools to disseminate her research breakthroughs to the farmers and school pupils. The schools and villages adopted are the following: • United Christian Senior Secondary, Omi- Adio. • United Secondary School, Ijokodo • Apete-Onidoko village and • Orisunbare village
  • 3. Objectives and expected output • The main objective is to increase agricultural productivity among rural communities while promoting agriculture integration through support obtained by the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) . Impacting well articulated training opportunity, capacity building, empowerment project farmers and school pupils. Others are: • Technology development, dissemination and adoption to boost agricultural productivity and increased participation in (priority commodity sub- sectors that are aligned with WAAPP-NIG priorities) of project beneficiaries (villagers and school pupils ) as well as AROC neighboring communities To increase agricultural productivity with a prove in the selected project centers. Farmers involvement, awareness and participation in the project as well as interest in sustaining the project and copying on group and individual basis were observed among the participants. • To disseminate IAR&T technologies. This is commencing in earnest. An opportunity to showcase her breakthrough.
  • 4. The IAR&T AROC staff structure is as stated below: Executive Director,Prof J. A. Adediran (0803354353 ) Deputy Director,Prof L.B. Taiwo( 080338600580) • HEAD OF PROGRAMME: PROF A.G OLUWATOSIN, HOP, SWFSRE • COORDINATOR: DR (MRS) L.O.OGUNSUMI (08037173993) • MONITORING/EVALUATION : DR .J.O. SAKA • DESK OFFICER ORISUNBARE ADOPTED VILLAGE: DR (MRS) B. O.LAWAL (08054042492) • TEAM MEMBERS: • MRS I.O.AKINTAYO, MR AJAYI, DR A J OMOLE, DR MRS FASOYIRO , MRS • ANJORIN, (MRS TAIWO MR AJIBOLA’)- Collaborator-Oyo, ADP. • DESK OFFICER APETE ONIDOKO ADOPTED VILLAGE: MR O. A. • EGBETOKUN (08038275959) • TEAM MEMBERS: • DR O.T. AYOOLA. MR S.A. AJIJOLA .DR ASHAYE. MRS AKINBODE , ENG OKE • MR L.O.OLADAPO (ADP) • DESK OFFICER: UNITED CHRISTIAN SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL, OMI • ADIO: MRS A. OYEGBAMI (08033657990) • TEAM MEMBERS: • DR T. DAUDA. MRS M. OJO, DR MRS B. MAKANJUOLA, MRS. OLANIPEKUN • MR A. ADELANA • DESK OFFICER: UNITED SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL, IJOKODO • MRS A. FADAIRO (08036225908) • TEAM MEMBERS: • MRS BOBMANUEL, DR ADESEYINWA, MRS FARINDE, MRS TEJU ADEYOLANU AND MRS ODEYEMI
  • 5. Approved projects: • Extension activities, • Poultry • Demonstration of maize and cassava • Dissemination of IAR&T technologies • Training • Equipping the AROC meeting houses • Establishment of more AROC VIZ: Bakatari, Alabata villages: Adifase high school and Orile Ilugun community. This will allow for expansion and coverage to disseminate the Institute breakthroughs and thereby improve farmers’ well being. more areas.
  • 6. Recall of the project objectives • Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) at present has 2 adopted villages,(Apete- Onidoko and Orisunbare) and 2 adopted schools (United Secondary school, Ijokodo and United Christian Secondary School, Omi-Adio) where WAAP project is being implemented. • The purpose of the project is to bring Agriculture to the door steps of the beneficiaries in an affordable and yet attractive way.
  • 7. Expected output • Participants awareness of WAAPP-NIG and IAR&T • Increased number of villages and schools covered. • Adequate knowledge of the approved projects by beneficiaries • Improved income and standard of living • Better interaction among villagers and Scientists • Well informed of young school pupils on improved agricultural system and as a paying venture.
  • 8. In order to achieve the objectives, the Institute embarked on the following: • Regular Extension Activities: Visitation, career talk, familiarization tour, advisory services . To create awareness, sensitize project beneficiaries. • Institutional Interaction , Farmers’ exchange visits especially during Institute’s major function such as REFILS workshop. Plans to arrange interaction among farmers in the AROC and schools’ exchange programs. To expose the project farmers to research community and allow for participatory approach in problems solving mechanism. • Linkages: Farmers are linked to sources of opportunities depending on interest and potential benefits ( Such include recommendation or support for any assistance from LGA, ADP or as the case may be.)
  • 9. IAR&T MAIZE VARIETIES • ART98-SW1 (Oloyin) maize varieties with considerable amount of glucose, high crude protein (14%) and specially suitable for green maize consumption. This was released and registered in 2001. • ART-98-SW6-OB (Quality Protein Maize) with about 3.5% and 0.67% lysine and tryptophan content and grain yield of over 3.5t/ha, released in 2009. • ILE1-OB (Quality Protein Maize) with lysine and tryptophan contents of 3.7 and 0.88% respectively. The varieties is adapted to all agro-ecologies of Nigeria with a yield potential of about 3.7t/ha, released in 2009
  • 10. ACTIVITIES ACHIEVED Extension activities • Formation of farmers group/ young farmers club. This was done in all the locations and still on-going except for Apete village that already had an existing farmers meeting. These group formed provide a forum for meeting the interested farmers/ students and also create awareness as well as make the project participatory and sustainable. • Sensitization of women inclusion at 4:6 ratio On-going, their attendance at meetings was hammered especially at Apete-Onidoko. • Orientation about the benefits of the WAAP Project Given to each group at different times and each group needs assessment was carried out.
  • 11. Equipping the AROC Out of all the needs listed, only few were approved for the four adopted locations. • Purchase of equipments viz: generator, television sets, DVD, projectors among others for equipping the meeting halls provided by the villagers and schools respectively. • Equipments were purchased and delivered to the villages and Schools were received by the beneficiaries with all joy in February 2013. (see appendix1). • Two projectors were purchased and were not released to them but were kept with the Head of Program for safe keep and use by Scientists as at when needed.
  • 12. Poultry project • Building of a 12m by 12 m poultry house in all the centers February/ March, 2013. • A central location was selected and prepared by the group in each of the locations for the building of the poultry in the villages and schools • The 12m by 12m building for the poultry was constructed based on WAAPP directives in March, 2013 in all the stations supervised by the beneficiaries. Incidentally, during the construction, monitoring team visited the centers. • Cages were purchased and delivered to all the centers. • 50 Point -of –Lay birds were delivered to each stations (on the 22nd April, 2013. With regular supervision, the farmers are left to manage the farm so as for them to learn by practice. • Construction of meeting house at Apete community based on farmers’ compelling and were willing to cut trees as their support for participation.
  • 13. OTHER ACTIVITIES TO BE CARRIED OUT: • Demonstration of maize and cassava • Dissemination of IAR&T technologies • Training and career talk • Expansion of poultry at existing centers and establishing the new AROC • Equipping the AROC meeting houses (new centers)and completing existing yet to be completed ones • Establishment of more AROC VIZ: Bakatari, Alabata villages: Adifase high school and Orile Ilugun community. This will allow for expansion and coverage to disseminate the Institute breakthroughs and thereby improve farmers’ well being. more areas.
  • 14. • 90 birds per location was proposed, only 50pol birds /location was possible leaving a gap of 40 pol birds. • Burglary proof at Orisunbare • Expansion to other four locations as contained in the 2013 work plan namely, Bakatari, Alabata, Adifase High School and Community High School, Orile Ilugun. • Adequate support could not be giving for effective take off of the project such include supporting feeding the birds until steady income is realized • Demonstration plots for( maize and cassava in existing centers are yet to be established.
  • 15. GAPS BEWTEEN EXPECTED RESULT AND THOSE OBTAINED • Dissemination of IAR&T proven technologies is yet to commence earnestly partly due to fund constraints and industrial action. • Trainings for capacity building and poverty alleviation and technical know how on the project . • Renovation of meeting house at United secondary school , Ijokodo. • Completion of meeting house at Apete- Onidoko • 90 birds per location was proposed, only 50pol birds /location was possible leaving a gap of 40 pol birds. • Burglary proof at Orisunbare • Expansion to other four locations as contained in the 2013 work plan namely, Bakatari, Alabata, Adifase High School and Community High School, Orile Ilugun. • Adequate support could not be giving for effective take off of the project such include supporting feeding the birds until steady income is realized • Demonstration plots for( maize and cassava in existing centers are yet to be established.
  • 16. • Construction of cassava processing center for women groups. • Maintenance and visits to project sites as required. • Lack of vehicle to ease mobility and routine visits for intervention required. • At least well facility is urgently required at Ijokodo and Apete.
  • 17. BUDGET EXECUTION: • Two million naira (N2,000,000) was released in Nov. 2012, A sum of two million and hundred naira (N 2,000,100,00 expended and retired as at the time of this report.
  • 18. LESSONS LEARNT AND RECOMMENDATIONS • Farmers were happy for the poultry project. Not all the farmers participated in the activities especially maintaining the poultry house when no remuneration or incentive was given. It was an avenue to reduce poverty and improve nutrition of the people, the project served as eye openers for business opportunity in the community.. • The few people that participated in the villages were encouraging, they had keen interets and had started influencing others. • The waste from the poultry could be used as organic manure for homestead garden /farming. • The project was also made the Iddo LGA authority to be supportive and now promised a borehole at Apete –IAR&&T adopted center. • Timely and adequate fund release to allow efficient project initiation and maintenance. • While from our end prompt and timely retirement of fund will be considered paramount.
  • 19. • Other projects from IAR&T will also be carried out in the centers especially farming system research and extension activities. • Farmers area of interest are to be considered such include establishment of cocoa nurseries at both Apete and Bare. . • At Apete, the villagers insisted on the construction of meeting house along side with poultry house . •
  • 20. Strength and weaknesses • There are some factors that aided the easy take off and completion of the project. These factors are regarded in this report as areas of strength and they include; • Management support – the management of the institute gave full support and understanding to the project . • The community leaders showed interest and therefore were receptive to the project when it was introduced. The interest showed by the principals of the schools made gathering the student at specified day of the week possible and also the clearing and preparation of the land for the poultry. • Good team work. The team work displayed by some members of the program during hard time also helped in the achievement of the project objectives.
  • 21. Weaknesses: • Some of the weaknesses of the project are as follows: • Denial – a discriminatory behavior that completely denies the existence of gender, It was pointed out that each opportunity would never be there for a group without 40% woman population. lip service, compartmentalization and tokenism were explored. • Poverty led to withdrawal in group activities that may not bring quick money by a number of them. • Low morale • Fund limitation • Delay in the approval of the no objection • The industrial action that was on going at the time the approval was given. This made initial gathering of members for meetings difficult. • Mobility • Team did not have sufficient time to fully participate due to strike, role, and document view functionality. A few members were responsible to do , efforts were even misinterpreted.
  • 22. Constraints and solution • Fund: Timely and adequate release of fund- Enough fund should be released as at when due • Mobility- Vehicles should be made available for effective monitoring • Strike action- Special consideration should be given to this kind of project. • Expansion to other planned locations. • Monitoring and evaluation should be carried out concurrently.
  • 23. INDICATOR OF ACHEIVEMENTS S/N INDICATORS RESULTS 1 Number of Direct project beneficiaries No. of Male: 135 No. of Female:90 Total: 235 2 Producers with knowledge of generated/released technologies by the project No. of Male: 103 No. of Female: 52 Total: 155 3 Area under new technologies 10ha 4 Processors/producers who have adopted at least one new technology No. of Male: 68 No. of Female 58 Total: 126 5 Number of Demonstration plots established 3 6 Percentage of targeted clients (Male and Female farmers or business) satisfied with extension services % of Male: 70 % of Female: 70 Total: 70
  • 24. RECOMMENDATION AND COCLUSION RECOMMENDATION • Project is on going, it is highly required to release fund to meet essential needs /activities, especially feeding the birds and have room for expansion. Project implementer should also be committed to the task s . • CONCLUSION • The activities performed during the reporting period helped to bridge gap between promises over time in the adopted villages / schools and expected output. It was a great encouragement to the farmers. With more intervention and adequate and timely release of fund and support, IAR&T, will continue to put her best and maximum performance,, we will have better performance.
  • 25. APPENDICES
  • 26. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING