Sudan University of Science & Technology (SUST) Organizes Training Sessions for Agricultural Extension Workers in the River Nile and Northern States
The College of Agricultural Studies in Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST), arranged a Graduation Ceremony for 50 Agricultural Extension Workers who attended training sessions to provide training and guidance to agricultural producers in the River Nile and Northern states. The Ceremony was organized by the University, in collaboration with the Agricultural Bank of Sudan.
The aim of the session is to train agricultural extension workers on how to provide technical knowledge and several skills to farmers, furnish them with information and technical advices to help them make right decisions and actions, and develop their abilities to fulfill their ambitions and expectations.
HE the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Hashim Ali Salim, underscored the significance of these sessions and the importance of Agricultural Extension Workers. “Agricultural Workers, represent an important segment of the society for the vital role they play in educating farmers on proper agricultural operations, and yet they could play a more important role in the overall development of our country in this particular area,” he said, demanding graduates to apply what they have learned to practice, and be active leaders characterized by high motivation , high self-efficacy, high mastery goals, to inspire all those who are engaged in agriculture business to the synergy team working for the welfare of the people and for a better tomorrow, to put our beloved country at a competitive edge, make it the number one in todays ultra competitive agriculture market, and a prosperous place where every person will enjoy a high quality of life, revealing that many productive projects will be implemented by the University in animal production and in the introduction of new crops.
For his part, HE Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Jafar Ahmed Abdullah said the program will contribute to expand production capacities. “We missed such sessions in the past and now they have become reality. In fact, we need to hold several training workshops in this domain to fuel the development of agriculture.” HE Minister of State also emphasized that these sessions provide an excellent hands on training and confirmed that agriculture is the optimum solution to the problems of Sudan after the lost a significant portion of its resources following South Sudans secession, calling for focus on raising farm level productivity during the coming period to compensate the productivity gap which occurred as an inevitable result of this secession. Further he indicated that Sudan is an extremely strong candidate to fill the shortage of food in the region, because of the valuable components it owns represented in its mild climate, long growing season, fertile soil, abundant water resources and rainfall.
Pros. Fathi Muhammad, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sudanese Agricultural Bank said “Agricultural sector is still primitive and traditional, and productivity remains very low because of the limited capacity of producers. However, if capital is not employed for the development of extension, training, marketing and technology transfer, it would prove useless and will not achieve the desired interest,” noting that the current training program is being implemented in accordance with the directives of HE the First Vice-President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha.
He also added that the training of extension workers is a positive step because they will transfer the information and experience they gained to be implemented practically in their states. In this context, HE praised the Microfinance Unit of the Central Bank of Sudan for its considerable support of the program.
In the same context, the Dean of the College of Agricultural Studies in Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST), Prof. Yousif Mohamed Ahmed Idris asserted that training will continue to cover all the states of Sudan “The country needs to improve its agricultural production and farmers capabilities to maximize crops yield and quality, and enable them to produce food beyond the needs of their own for the well-being of rural inhabitants and the overall population,” he said, revealing that a new training course will start for a number of 50 trainees in the River Nile and Northern States. He also said a new batch of students will be enrolled this year in the agricultural studies diploma program in the College of Agricultural Studies.