In furtherance of its sustained efforts to support Nigerian farmers with timely distribution of farm inputs on improved crops farming and quality yields, the Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN), has flagged off the distribution of farm inputs and agricultural farming technology to over 300,000 farmers participating in its ongoing ICON of Hope project across the targeted states.
The farmers who are in a cooperative set up of 30 members each are made up of approximately 1000 groups in the groundnut and rice production agricultural value chain system.
Already thousands of farmers in Jigawa, kaduna, FCT and Kano states have benefitted from the improved seeds, irrigation pump machines, power tillers, fertilizers, pesticides and other inputs to support their ongoing dry season rice and groundnut farming.
The ICON of Hope project is designed to support crop farmers with mechanization and seed, fertilizer and other inputs to improve the quality of their yields, marketing and earned incomes on a sustainable basis and subsequently link the farmers to markets through the contract farming agreements.
At the flag off of the events that took place in Zaria NAERLS and Kano for various sectors , farmer groups from Ringim, Darai, Jahun communities in Jigawa State, were in the first batch of farmers to take delivery of improved seed (SAMNUT 23) NPK 15-15-15 fertilizer, water pumps between January 23rd and 30th, with the farmers commending the WOFAN Group for the invaluable gesture.
In his remarks, while collecting the inputs on behalf of Darai farmer groups in Jahun LGA, Mallam Mohammed Khamis , described the WOFAN intervention as “a support we the farmers in this community will never forget because it will improve our productivity and incomes. We are very grateful to WOFAN and all their partners and collaborators.
Speaking on why the WOFAN Group decided to aid the farmers, Hajia Salamatu Garba, said the initiative is in line with the organisation’s mission “to promote mechanization, improved seedling and empower the farmers to embrace climate-smart and GAPs in their activities such that their years of burden characterized by poor yields, low earnings, and use of obsolete tools will end.”
Each of the selected farmers groups received inputs for 1 hectare farm comprising NPK 15-15-15, SSP and samnut 23 or 24 groundnut varieties. According to the ED, the Rice input distribution will commence in 2 weeks from now based on the seasonal calendar
WOMEN FARMERS ADVANCEMENT NETWORK.