Kano Government Collaborates with SAA to Distribute N100 Million Worth of Farm Inputs to Local Farmers

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Kano State Government, in collaboration with the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), has initiated the distribution of agricultural inputs worth N100 million to farmers across the 44 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state. This initiative aims to boost crop yield, generate wealth, and increase income for farmers.

Dr. Godwin Atser, the Country Director of Sasakawa Africa Association, emphasized SAA’s commitment to supporting the government in enhancing agricultural productivity and competitiveness. Through increased access to inputs, extension services, value addition, and agribusiness development, SAA aims to assist smallholder farmers in overcoming challenges and improving their livelihoods.

The distribution of the farm inputs, which is scheduled to take place over a week, will ensure that beneficiaries receive the necessary resources promptly. This will give them ample time for essential pre-season activities such as land acquisition and preparation. The timely planting of crops using appropriate regenerative agriculture practices and inputs is crucial for optimal performance.

Comrade Abdulrasheed Hamisu Kofarmata, the Project Coordinator of KSADP/SAA, highlighted SAA’s role in addressing the challenges faced by smallholder farmers in Kano state. The organization focuses on strengthening agricultural extension services by periodically distributing improved seed varieties that are high-yielding, disease and drought-resistant. Additionally, they provide herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, and training to support farmers.

For the upcoming 2023 wet season, SAA/KSADP plans to establish 690 clusters of demonstration plots and 192 Community-Based Seed Multiplication plots across all 44 LGAs of the state. These plots will serve as farmer learning platforms, promoting the adoption of new farming technologies and increasing crop productivity.

The distributed farm inputs, valued at over N100 million, include improved seed varieties for rice, maize, sorghum, millet, soybeans, and groundnuts. Pre-and post-emergence herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, and organic fertilizers are also being provided to enhance soil fertility. Extension agents are responsible for delivering these resources to the beneficiaries.

The implementation of KSADP, now in its third year, has steadily improved food, nutrition, and income security for smallholder farmers in Kano state. SAA’s co-innovation concept, which involves knowledge creation, packaging, transfer, and adoption, has tailored agricultural technologies and practices to meet the specific needs of farmers and value chain actors.

Mr. Ibrahim Garba, the State Program Coordinator, commended SAA for delivering the inputs ahead of the planting season and urged farmers to utilize them efficiently. The intervention by SAA has already resulted in significant yield increases, such as doubling maize production from 2.5 tons/ha to 7 tons/ha in the previous season.

In Kano state, where approximately 70% of the population is involved in subsistence agriculture, the sector faces various challenges, including climate change, pests and diseases, low yield, and limited market access. To address these bottlenecks, the Kano State Government has implemented the Kano State Agropastoral Development Project (KSADP), a five-year intervention program funded by the Islamic Development Bank (ISDB) and Lives and Livelihood Funds.

Sasakawa Africa Association, an international agricultural development organization, is the technical partner responsible for implementing the crop component of the project. Their focus lies in improving productivity, income, and livelihoods for 450,000 smallholder farmers across the state, specifically targeting rice, maize, millet, sorghum, tomato, cabbage, and onions value chains.

SAA/KSADP has therefore deployed its multi-pronged approach of Regenerative Agriculture (RA), Market Oriented Agriculture (MOA), and Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (NSA) to foster agriculture-centered economic growth, contributing to the creation of a resilient and sustainable food system in the state by placing regenerative agriculture at the centre of its strategy to promote sustainable agricultural intensification.

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