FAO trains ACReSAL officials on land preparation using Delfino Plough

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By Abigael Joshua

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has started a field-level training programme for officials of Agro-Climatic Resilience in the Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) in selected states.

The training focuses on land preparation using the Delfino plough.

Mrs Jane Ozuruoke, the Communication Specialist for ACReSAL, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

Delfino plough is a technological innovation that makes large, half-moon-shaped furrows in which one can immediately sow and plant.

“Recognising the critical role of land preparation in restoration efforts, FAO is delivering capacity-building sessions on land preparation techniques with the use of Delfino plough.

“FAO will also conduct a train-the-trainer programme for selected states on the operation and maintenance of Delfino plough.

“Under the ACReSAL project, FAO is spearheading initiatives to enhance the project’s technical team’s proficiency in land preparation techniques, with a key focus on introducing the state-of-the-art Delfino plough for optimised processes.

“This initiative represents a significant advancement towards the sustainable restoration and management of large landscapes in the region.’’

According to her, the Delfino plough functionality includes deep penetration into hard soil, facilitating its overturning and the creation of holes for water harvesting with great potential for improving soil regeneration and agricultural productivity.

She said the ACReSAL project, which was FAO’s Technical Assistance to Nigeria, would be implemented in the 19 Northern States of Nigeria and the FCT as well as the 11 Great Green Wall frontline states.

“The Technical Assistance is deploying optimum use of the large accumulation of relevant experience on technical aspects of landscape restoration and innovative methodologies,” she said. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Nick Nicholas/Chijioke Okoronkwo

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