Kaduna State Government Begins Distribution Of Farming Inputs To Farmers 

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The Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani has commenced the distribution of farm inputs, and agro-processing equipment to 40,000 smallholder farmers under his ‘A Koma Gona’, Back to Farm initiative.

The flag-off ceremony, which took place in Ikara Local Government area, targeting the beneficiaries in the Northern Senatorial Zone of the state, was part of the programmes lined up for the celebration of the Governor’s one year in office.

Governor Sani at the occasion, said Kaduna is the largest producer of ginger, maize, as well as tomatoes in Nigeria, but lamented that, farmers suffered post harvest losses especially in perishable produce like tomatoes.

The Governor however, said his administration will revisit the aborted plan to establish a tomato processing plant in Ikara, so as to address the losses suffered by tomatoes farmers in Ikara and surrounding local governments.

While speaking to the farming community at the event, Governor Sani said, “agriculture remains the backbone of our economy, providing employment and sustaining livelihoods. Kaduna State is blessed with huge agricultural potential.”

“Consequently, our administration has come up with programmes and policies to further boost the sector and attract the needed investment for its growth and development. We are taking steps to address key challenges in the sector in order to restore the glory of farming and the joy of rural living.”

“Smallholder farmers and small scale agro-processors have been facing difficulties due to the current economic challenges in the country. These categories of farmers are very critical in our quest to ensure food security.

“It is for this reason that our administration has come up with innovative programmes “Tallafin Noma – A Koma Noma” as part of our Sustainable Livelihoods.

Through Social Interventions and Economic Empowerment initiative. Under this “A Koma Gona” (Get Back to Farm) component, the Ministry of Agriculture is mandated to target a minimum of 40,000 smallholder farmers and farmers cooperatives across the 23 LGAs.

He continued “The Tallafin Noma programme includes distribution of inputs for crop and livestock production. For crop production, improved Maize Seed, Agrochemicals, NPK and Urea Fertilizers are distributed.

Furthermore, for livestock production (poultry), 30 day old chicks (broilers) with 4 bags of feeds and drugs are distributed, while 50 jumbo juveniles (catfish) with 2 bags of feeds and drugs are also distributed for fisheries.”

“To boost micro – mechanization of the agriculture sector in the state, power tillers with all the necessary equipment and accessories are distributed to farmer cooperative groups. This is a crucial step towards increasing production and productivity in our farms.

“Knapsack Sprayer with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) are also shared to individuals for agrochemical and liquid fertilizer application in their farms. For the agro-processors, vegetable grinders are distributed to individuals, while hammer mills, haulers and threshers are distributed to cooperative groups as group assets.”

“These processing machines will add value to our agricultural produce and improve the livelihoods of individuals and groups involved in agro-processing activities,” he added.

While calling on the benefiting smallholder farmers and small-scale agro-processors to make effective use of the equipment and inputs, the Governor said that the efforts were parts of the administration’s committed to revitalizing the agricultural sector.

On his part, Commissioner of Agriculture, Murtala Dabo said the Governor’s initiative will not only boost food security in Kaduna and Nigeria, but will as well contribute greatly to the Governor’s desire to revitalize rural economy.

Chairman Ikara local government area, Sadiq Ibrahim Salihu has expressed profound gratitude to the Governor, saying that, his unwavering commitment to the welfare and prosperity of farmers and agro-entrepreneurs has been a beacon of hope and progress for the people of Ikara and other local governments in the zone.

“Under your visionary leadership, initiatives like the Tallafin Noma (A Koma Gona) are making a tangible difference in the lives of our people. Today, as you flag-off of the distribution of farm inputs, farm implements and agro-processing equipment for the entire Zone 1, the entire nation bears witness once again to your dedication to enhancing agricultural productivity, rural economic resilience and the transformation of the rural communities in the State.” the Chairman concluded.

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