Ameen K. Yassar
Kano state Agro Pastoral Project, KSADP, has designed a blueprint to help farmers in Kano to swell the profit margin obtainable from crops they produce.
This will be done through facilitating cooperative grain storage by the farmers and linking them to suitable markets.
The State Project Coordinator, Alha Ibrahim Garba Muhammad made this known while receiving the new executive officers of the state branch of All Farmers Association, AFAN, who paid him a courtesy visit.
Consequently, “the project will construct storage facilities for Sorghum and cowpea at Danbatta, Dawakin Tofa, Minjibir, Gezawa Makoda, Kunchi, Bichi and Tsanyanwa local government areas”.
“For maize and rice, the facilities will be built at Rogo, Karaye, Kiru, Gwarzo, Kabo, Madobi, Garum Mallam, Kura, Bunkure, Rano, Kibiya, Tudun Wada and Doguwa local government areas. These grain storage facilities will be linked to offtakers of these grains and the communities will be trained on cooperative operation of the storage facilities”.
Mal. Ibrahim explained that through the services of KNARDA and SAA, the project will provide extension services to farmers, including access to inputs, grain handling and market access.
“I am sure you can testify that our partnership with KNARDA and SAA is making impact on agriculture in Kano. This is just the begging and with your cooperation, food security will be assured in this state”.
He stated that the project would rely on the support of AFAN to achieve the objective of lifting more than one million peasant farmers and pastoralists in Kano out of poverty, in the next three years.
“Our project, which derives its wherewithal from the Islamic Development Bank, Lives and Livelihood Funds and Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development believes in carrying all stakeholders along so that together we can make good things happen for our people”
The state branch Chairman of AFAN, Alh. Abdullahi Ali Mai Biredi said his association, which is the umbrella body for 27 agricultural commodity related associations, would rally round the project to ensure maximum success.
Meanwhile, the KSADP State Project Coordinator, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad received a delegation from Dawanau Grains Market Input Dealers Association, who visited the project office to push for synergy with stakeholders, to ensure supply and usage of user-friendly chemicals for foodstuff storage.