Over 6,000 rice farm­ers trained in Kano, Ji­gawa – Africa Rice

Sunday Trust - - AGRIC BUSINESS - From Ti­j­jani Ibrahim, Kano

The Africa Rice, in con­junc­tion with Agri­cul­tural Trans­for­ma­tion Sup­port Pro­gramme Phase I (ATASP-1), has trained a to­tal of 6,436 rice farm­ers on good agri­cul­tural prac­tices in the Kano and Ji­gawa sta­ple crops pro­cess­ing zone.

The Zonal Re­search As­so­ciate of Africa Rice, Mr Bisi Ile­bani, made this known dur­ing a field trip to com­mem­o­rate Farmer’s Field Day at Zan­gon Buhari vil­lage of Bunkure Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, Kano State.

“Out of the num­ber of trained farm­ers, 1,097 were pro­vided with im­proved seeds to cul­ti­vate 201.46 hectares and 260 were pro­vided with im­proved seeds and other in­puts at 50 per cent sub­sidised rate to cul­ti­vate 144.1 hectares,” he said.

He added that 600 youths were trained on rice seed pro­duc­tion tech­nol­ogy in the zone and they have cul­ti­vated about 30 hectares of rice seeds pro­duc­tion plots.

“The sec­ond cat­e­gory was also pro­vided with breeder seeds and other in­puts at 50 per cent dis­count and were sub­se­quently linked up with seed com­pa­nies and farm­ers around the com­mu­ni­ties to off­take their pro­duce,” he stated.

One of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the seed pro­duc­tion tech­nol­ogy train­ing, Sa’adu Ta­siu, said be­fore the train­ing, he used to cul­ti­vate a max­i­mum of 35 bags of rice per acre, but with the train­ing and im­proved seeds, he har­vested 65 bags per acre last year and pro­jected about 75 bags this year.

He called on the ATASP and Africa Rice to ex­pand the pro­gramme so that more farm­ers could ben­e­fit.

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