Nigeria: Kano, Jigawa Farmers Trained On Fertilizer Application

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This year’s farming season began in different northern parts of the country with rigorous farming activities for good harvest.

For farmers in Kano and Jigawa to have good yield, International Centre for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development (IFCD) set the pace for farmers in these states as the international farming body came in to help teach them how to properly apply fertilizer.

This was through a workshop organized for farmers from the two states. Demonstrating to farmers the proper use of inorganic fertilizer in millet production in Gabasawa town, a few kilometers from Kano town, a technology transfer specialist, Malam Yahaya Kura said millet is an important crop in the north where it is being cultivated as a staple food crop.

He said its continuous production occasioned by population pressure has severely depleted the fertility of the soil in the area making the use of fertilizer inevitable if the food production is to be sustained for the rapidly growing population.

The specialist also said the IFCD through its ‘Markets Inputs Regionally (MIR)’ is set to build the capacity of farmers to appreciate the benefits as well as safe handling and use of agro inputs through series of steps to improve productivity.

Kura also told the farmers, who converged for the workshop on proper application of fertilizer that the purpose of the workshop was to uncover one of the problems hindering the smooth growth of millet by farmers in the north.

He said farmers should always know the importance of fertilizer to the growth of millet and its application. He described the lack of nutrients in the soil as a great impediment to the growth of crops in the area. Demonstrating the proper way fertilizer can be properly applied, the specialist said fertilizer should not be spread on top of the soil close to the crops but a small hole should be dug out to bury the fertilizer so that it will melt with the roots for smooth growth.

In his remark at the demonstration site, chairman of Interim Management Committee for Gezawa local government, Alhaji Hamisu Abdullahi Giwaran expressed his satisfaction with the contribution being made by IFCD to improve farming activities in the area. He however suggested that an awareness campaign should have long been made before the take-off of the raining season.

Also speaking, Malam Ilyasu Mu’azu, who represented the district head of Gabasawa at the event said the IFCD ought not to have limited its activities to only raining season farmers but the program should equally be extended to irrigation farmers.

In Gagarawa local government area of Jigawa State, the IFCD took the campaign to Zarada Tsohuwa town, where hundreds of farmers witnessed the demonstration. Malam Muhammad Adamu of Green Sahel based in Jigawa said the sensitization was to ensure good harvest. He said farmers should not only need large farms but also good harvest.

He said agriculture is everything and that farmers are the ones that make or mar the profession, saying government and other donor agencies are supporting farmers.

“Our ambition is to help you have sufficient farm implements for use in your respective farms and we learnt that there is a wide gap between the farmers and the farm implements”, he said.

He said the program aimed at setting a standard for the improvement of the seedlings and making farmers aware of breeding crops.

source:    allafrica.com

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