By Iro Musa, Kano
Kano state government has revealed that based on the need to support agricultural producers, processors and market operators; the state government has entered a partnership with Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) to address the fundamental root cause of farmer’s low productivity by promoting new agricultural technologies to boost agribusiness in Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project (KSADP).
This was disclosed by the Managing Director, Kano State Agricultural Development Agency (KNARDA) Dr. Junaidu Yakubu.
According to him the project which is being implemented by SAA with funding from Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) and Lives and Livelihood Fund (LLF), is aimed at improving agricultural activities, reduce poverty and ensures food insecurity in the state as well as to improve an effective agribusiness in the state.
He explained that the 5-year development project is aimed at strengthening food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations in the state through sustainable development of livestock and crop-selected value chains.
In his address, The SAA Country Director, Professor Sani Miko explained that, SAA has organized the field day to showcase to farmers the outcome of improved agricultural practices adopted in maize production for possible replication adding that it is good to note that farmers have begun to see and adopt the new innovation demonstrated by the project.
Similarly, explaining the activities of the partnership, Deputy Country Director Dr Abdulhamid Gambo, revealed that currently the project is currently working in 20 local governments with the hope of extending it to all the 44 local governments in the state.
He added that so far over 112, 500 farmers have directly benefited from the project.
He also said, the beneficiaries include smallholder farmers active in selected agricultural value chains of rice, maize, sorghum and millet.