Flour Milling Association of Nigeria is targeting to train about 40,000 wheat farmers for the dry season farming in Kebbi State.
National Programme Manager of the association, Dr Aliyu Samaila stated this during the Kebbi Wheat Farmers Green Field Day held at Dangamaji village in Jega Local Government Area.
He explained that 250,000 farmers across the nation will be trained on wheat cultivation in the current farming season while 250,000 for the next dry season.
Dr. Samaila noted that, the association has 68 plots of wheat farms in five local government areas of the state alongside private out growers cultivating about 250 hectares in the state expected to yield about 736 tons this season.
He explained that, the demonstration wheat plot in Kebbi state was the fourth of such the association has showcased in Nigeria, adding that the plots were to demonstrate new modern technologies of wheat farming in Nigeria with improved seeds, fertilisers and irrigation system.
State Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Maigari Abdullahi Dakingari, appealed to the Association and stakeholders to ensure adequate training, marketing and a fixed price for the crop which would encourage farmers.
He however called on people, particularly young graduates to engage in farming activities to become self employed and to create wealth.
Reporting by Abdullahi Tukur; editing by Muzha Kucha