The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development his partnering the Centre for Dryland Agriculture, Bayero University in Kano (CDA-BUK) to train farmers on Drip Irrigation System.
The Deputy Director, Irrigation Agriculture and Crop Development, Hajiya Sugra Mahmud, who was speaking at a 3-day training said it was targeted towards familiarising farmers with various techniques available for producing food during the dry season.
According to Mahmud, in line with President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s resolve to revitalise and improve food production.
On his part, the Director, Centre for Dryland Agriculture, Bayero University Kano, Prof Jibrin M. Jibrin charged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the knowledge and items given to them during the training adding that it was the only way to show gratitude to the organizers.
Jibrin also noted that the modern technologies for water management and the good agronomic practices for vegetable production demonstrated at the training will not only enhance the productivity of the beneficiaries but also reduce drudgery attached to farming saying it will also serve as a training ground for other farmers coming onboard.
Also speaking, the Technical Adviser (TA) to the Director of the Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA) Mr. Mohammed Shehu Adamu, said that Nigeria cannot rely on ‘rainfed’ farming alone, hence the need to promote irrigation farming.
Popularising dry season farming, Adamu noted will help increase production by 2-3 cycles annually describing the development as a plus to the national quest for food security.
Adamu who who said that the beneficiaries were luckiest among other teeming youths in Kano, added that the training was intended to build the capacity of smallholder farmers while popularising the Drip Irrigation System.
Commending the organisers of the training, Hajiya Asmau Muhd Sani, on behalf of the women beneficiaries, expressed profound gratitude for the great initiative.
She said “Especially for seeing many women and teeming youths engaged in the programme”