The Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN), says it has distributed seeds and inputs to 800 out grower farmers with the aim of encouraging wheat cultivation Nationwide.
Head of FMAN Wheat Development Programme, Sara Huber stated this during the National Wheat Farmers Field Day at Jekarade plantation in Danbatta Local Government Area of Kano State.
The head of Wheat Development programme explained that the farmers were provided with improved variety seeds, fertilisers, chemicals and 50 thresher under a soft loan scheme designed to enhance farmer access to inputs and extension services.
She explained that the benefitting farmers were from Kano, Kebbi and Jigawa States, adding that wheat farming service centres were designated in 15 LGAs in the participating states.
Sarah Huber noted 200 farmers were supported in Danbatta, Garun Malam, Bunkure, Kiru and Ajingi LGAs of Kano State.
She maintained that the scope of the programme will be expanded to mobilise participation in collaboration with Oxfam, Babban Gona and agricultural research institutes in the country.
“Transforming wheat production in Nigeria requires strong will backed by clear roles and responsibilities from all stakeholders, sound data and evidence.
“We look forward to partnering with organisations across the value chain to improve farmers’ yields through high quality seeds, expanded extension services and improved access to irrigation,” she said.
In his remark, the Minister of Agriculture and rural development Alhaji Sabo Nanono, said Federal Government has initiated sound policies and programmes to transform agriculture and achieve food security.
Nanono said the programme focused to encourage production of wheat crops and processing to reduce importation of the produce in the country.
He urged state governments to encourage development of small scale wheat processing mills to enhance availability of the product.
The minister disclosed that the federal government had so far trained workers to enhance extension services, and urged state governments to engage them to provide quality services to the farmers.
The State Deputy Governor, Nasiru Gawuna, said the state government had concluded plans to establish additional water bodies and upgrade existing dams to encourage wheat cultivation and irrigation activities.
While reitrating government commitment to support farmers, Gawuna urged them to utilise the inputs to improve their productivity.
Earlier the project manager Olam Crown Mills Mr Datti Danjuma, said the company as a member of FMAN was committed to improving wheat production through adequate financing and research projects in the country.
He added that the company had introduced Durum wheat variety and engaged the services of a reknown seed scientists, Dr Bassi, to accelerate wheat production 8n the country.