The Kano State Government has launched the distribution of agricultural pre and post-harvest mechanization and extension services support worth millions of Naira, under the Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project (KSADP) – Sasakawa Africa Association Crop Value Chain Intervention.
State Deputy Governor, Dr Nasir Yusif Gawuna, who doubles as the Commissioner for Agriculture, Flagged off the distribution in Kano.
Dr Gawuna said the kano state government was working assiduously in partnering relevant stakeholders, with the aim of boosting food production for enhanced food security.
The Deputy Governor presented mechanized farm inputs to the targeted 5, 500 which includes, 244 water pumps, 140 simple planters, 97 rice transplanters, nine rice mills, nine designers, nine Hammer mills, nine maize hullers, nine power tillers, 15 maize shellers, 45 sets of parboiling kits and six rice threshers.
During the event, 110 brand-new motorcycles were also presented to KSADP’s Extension Agents to facilitate the dissemination of information, education, and improved technologies at the right time to the farmers.
“The initiative is intended to proactively improve agriculture in the state through mechanization and provision of extension services support to the teeming farmers,” Dr Gawuna said.
“The core objective of this gesture is to encourage large-scale food production in neighboring clusters, towards achieving food security and increased income for the smallholder farmers in the state, which remains a top priority of this government.”
He enjoined farmers to embrace better farming systems introduced by the government with the support of development partners, such as the Islamic Development Bank, and the Lives and Livelihood Funds, through KSADP, to make their livelihoods better and the state’s economy less dependent on the Federation Account.
Sasakawa Africa Association, SAA, Country Director, Professor Sani Miko described the cooperation as a huge success story, saying it would lead to substantial increase in yield for all crops.
He promised that the stride would continue to enhance agricultural competitiveness in the state, stressing that this year alone, 270, 000 farmers will be supported.
The State Project Coordinator, Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project, Ibrahim Muhammad, disclosed that the project will contribute to reducing poverty and strengthen food and nutrition security in the state by developing agro-pastoral production systems.
Reporting by Abdullahi Jalaluddeen; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor