The Institute transfers research results to farmers to enhance the application and exploitation of the newly developed technologies through activities of the On-farm Adaptive Research / Extension Programme which includes various training programmes
In addition to the core research activities, the Institute has carried out numerous training programmes for small and medium scale farmers through various extension methods.
- During 1999-2004, the institute trained over 1000 farmers from oil palm growing states of Nigeria in various techniques relating to oil palm management.
- During 2005 100 certified nursery operators drawn from the private and public sectors were trained to enhance farmers’ accessibility to quality planting materials.
- Seventy small scale mill fabricators and operators were also trained in 2005, to meet the growing demand of our Small Scale Palm Oil Processing Equipment.
The Institute launched an Outreach Programme in 1999 as a novel extension method designed to directly catalyze and mobilize farmers who own land to be sufficiently motivated to grow oil palm, or introduce the NIFOR improved tenera hybrid into their holdings. So far about 655 fanners from 105 communities spread across three local government areas in Edo State of the catchment area of the main station have been enlisted in the programme.