The Kano State Agro-pastoral Development Project (KSADP) and Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) on Saturday started the distribution of farm input worth N100 million to farmers across the 44 local government areas of the state.
Inaugurating the distribution, the country Director of Sasakawa Africa Association, Dr Godwin Atser, said that the exercise is to help boost food production.
“We would continue to support government efforts to enhance agricultural productivity and competitiveness through increased access to inputs, extension service delivery, value addition, agribusiness development,” he said.
He said that the week long exercise would enable the inputs to get to the beneficiaries promptly and give them ample time for other essential pre-season activities like land acquisition and preparation.
Atser added that for the crops to perform optimally, they must be planted at the right time, using the correct regenerative agriculture practice and necessary inputs.
The project Coordinator, Abdulrasheed Kofar Mata, said Sasakawa is bridging the gap by addressing most of the challenges facing smallholders in the state by strengthening agriculture extension service through periodic distribution of improved high-yielding disease and drought resistant seed varieties.
He said that the 2023 wet season, SAA/ASADP would establish 690 clusters of demonstration plots to showcase Good Agronomic Practices (GAP) and 192 Community Based Seed Multiplication plots across the 44 LGAs, to serve as farmer learning platforms in local communities during on and off farming seasons.
The Project Coordinator acknowledged that Sasakawa had tailored improved agricultural technologies and practices to march the need of smallholder farmers in the state, through co-innovation that included knowledge packaging and adoption.
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