The Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN) announced on Thursday that it has helped 8,000 farmers accelerate wheat cultivation in the country.
Dr Aliyu Samaila, FMAN’s National Programme Manager for the Wheat Development Project, stated this during the Green Wheat Farmer Field Day in Kadani, Kura Local Government Area, Kano State.
According to him, Farmers Green Field Day showcases innovative and improved wheat cultivation technologies.
He also stated that the day will be held in all six operational states, where FMAN has set up demonstration farms to showcase improved techniques and management practices required to improve wheat cultivation in the country.
“Our number one role is to provide a market for wheat farmers in Nigeria; we are expanding our procurement as an industry across the wheat-producing states,” he said.
Samaila stated that the programme implemented proactive farmer support services to sustainably increase wheat production and yields per hectare, allowing it to compete with rice and other dry-season crops.
He went on to say that the programme had encouraged the establishment of demonstration farms in the 15 states in order to provide farmers with training in good agronomic practices.
According to FMAN, the programme has engaged 1,500 wheat farmers to cultivate 1,000 hectares of wheat in Kano.
He also stated that the programme would reduce spending on wheat imports.
Prof. Babagana Kabir, Executive Director of the Lake Chad Research Institute, previously stated that the institute was mandated by the national government to improve wheat, millet, and barley genetics.
Kabir went on to say that the institute was also tasked with investigating production issues for all agricultural food crops.
He stated that the institute had released four new wheat varieties, including two bread and two durum wheat varieties.
He promised that the institute would continue to strive for excellence in research and development in order to achieve the long-awaited food self-sufficiency.
Alhaji Abdullahi Kabir, the District Head of Kura, also thanked FMAN, the Central Bank of Nigeria, and other donors for their assistance to farmers.
He urged farmers to double their efforts in order to increase yields.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), some farmers stated that FMAN provided them with all of the necessary assistance to cultivate their farmlands as part of the programme.
They also praised the FMAN and the federal government for introducing improved variety seeds and new farming techniques to help farmers increase their yields.