The 980 Kano farmers who benefited from the World Bank’s Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus programme (CARES) have said the intervention would boost agricultural productivity.
The statement was made by farmers on Monday, during the Kano CARES project inspection by officials in selected local government areas.
The local governments visited to assess achievements were Rano, Madobi, Bunkure, Gezawa, Minjibir, and Kura.
Speaking during the project inspection, the Project Coordinator, Rufa’i Halilu, announced that the Kano CARES project spent about N300 million on farm input support components alone.
The amount according to him, was spent on providing the farmers with solar-powered water pumping machines, power tillers, planters, fertilisers, insecticides, herbicides, sprayers, and improved seeds, among others.
The farmers asserted that they were constantly faced with challenges of the high cost of fertilisers and other farm input but the Kano CARES project has helped to resolve such challenges, they suggested that the scope of the project be widened to accommodate other farmers so that they can benefit from this laudable gesture of the World Bank
The beneficiaries from other local government areas also thanked the project for the intervention, which they said, had started yielding positive results of improved productivity.
“As a result of the intervention, we are now predicting a bumper harvest. We thank the CARES project for the support,” he said.
Similarly, Mai-Unguwa Yahuza, the village head of Jigore in the Minjibir local government area, praised the project for rural road rehabilitation, which he said, assisted immensely in linking up many communities.
Mr. Yahuza further added that it made transportation of people, goods, and farm produce from one place to another easy.