Farmers require a different range of information to run their farm enterprises successfully. 70% of Nigeria’s food production depends on smallholder farmers. Agricultural extension service remains a veritable tool for bridging the information gap between rural farmers and research. Extension is critically important because without it farmers will lack access to supportive and improved services required to boost their farm production. Agricultural development in Nigeria will still be a mirage if there is no proper investment in research and extension service.
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research institutes have no competent research personnel, lack proper tools and equipment to work with and of course produce grains instead seeds. Farmers, agropreneurs and marketers import seeds mostly hybrid and other inputs to cater for this deficit in the nation research output. Federal Agricultural Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges cannot produce food and farm produces that will sufficiently feed their school and host communities.