120 male Rice farmers from 4 LGAs of Kano namely: Garun Malam, Dawakin Kudu, Bunkure and Gwarzo local government areas of Kano State are in a celebratory mood as a result of the timely distribution of inputs including fertilizers, improved seedlings and
technical support they received from WOFAN and Kano state ADP (KNARDA), to boost their 2018 wet season rice production.
The farmers expressed joy while receiving bags of NPK fertilizer for their one hectare farm size each as the rainy season’s first fertilizer application on their groups and individual rice farms.
The distribution of fertilizer, which took place simultaneously in Garun Malam, Dawakin Kudu, Bunkure and Gwarzo local government areas of Kano State, was aimed at boosting the 2018 wet season rice production.
Speaking at the handover and demonstration of the application of NPK fertilizer in Kadawa, Garun Malam Local Government Area, the Executive Director (ED) of WOFAN, Hajia Salamatu Garba disclosed that the main objective of the support is to “improve the quality and quantity of rice production through capacity building ,linkages to quality inputs and Markets as well as improving family income and nutrition .”
The ED, who was represented by WOFAN’s Project Manager, explained that the capacity of farmers would be built through training on good agronomic practices (GAP) as well as demonstration of best production technologies on designated demonstration plots so that the trained farmers can observe the technologies, replicate same on their respective farms and also become Peer trainers to fellow farmers on the various skills acquired.
“Here, the advantages to the farmers are twofold: first, farmers will have access to high quality, unadulterated inputs, affordable and direct linkage to the input dealers thereby making inputs timely at the door steps of the farmers”.
One of the benefiting farmers, Malam Ishak Mallam, from Gwarzo LGA, expressed confidence that with the kind of training and support they are already getting from WOFAN and KNARDA, farmers like him will experience some of the best harvests of their lives this season.
In his remarks, the District head of Gwarzo stated that, “WOFAN has shown us how to transplant our rice to get higher yields, manage our soils appropriately to get better results. I am going to adopt these new methods and I am sure that with this extra support in terms of all the good agricultural practices, I am going to get a very good harvest”.
The aim of WOFAN’s support to sustainably scale up rice production among farmers, improve processing and other post-harvest management strategies, thereby increasing profit, particularly by preserving the environment while encouraging consumption of local rice and reducing importation of Rice as supported the government of Nigeria and the UNDP/GEF project.
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