Food Security: NGO Partners Kano Farmers to Boost Wheat Production

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A non-governmental organization under the aegis of Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) has entered into a partnership with wheat farmers in Kano, as part of its contribution to assisting Nigeria in cutting the cost of wheat importation.

The head of TAAT, Mr Solomon Gizaw, disclosed this during an inspection tour of some wheat farms on Wednesday in Kano.

He said Nigeria has all it takes to produce and feed itself, and other African countries if farmers could get the right policy support, the right technology, and the right market link to the processors.

“We are seeing a great opportunity for Nigeria to be self-sufficient in wheat farming in the coming few years. Nigeria today produces only five percent of the wheat it consumes, and imports the remaining 95 percent from foreign countries worth over five billion Dollars.

“We in Africa, we have the technology, land, water, and the people. If we bring together and work together, Nigeria can feed itself and the rest of the African countries.”

Gizaw added, “In Africa today, we have several high-yielding wheat varieties that are giving a high yield of 6 to 7 tonnes per hectare. But today in Nigeria, wheat production is not exceeding 2 to 3 per hectare. You can imagine.

“With one farmland, we can increase productivity by two to three folds. So the African Development Bank is working with the Nigerian government to expand wheat production. And the government has committed to taking these varieties,” he added.

Speaking during the tour, one of the large-scale wheat growers and processors in Kano State, Alhaji Mannir Dan’agundi, called for consistency in government policies to boost agricultural production in the country.

“It is about commitment; it is about the consistency of the policy. Once we do that and we are committed, Nigeria has the land, the water, and the people to do what it is supposed to do.

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