In a bid to increase food production and drastically root out food insecurity, the federal government is giving support to farmers.
This support will aid farmers during the dry season to upscale their production level.
Are you a wheat farmer around Jigawa state or its environs, then ensure you do not miss out on this opportunity.
The federal government has declared that it is ready to support wheat with a 50% input subsidy to cultivate about 250,000 hectares.
Nothing less than 250,000 wheat farmers will benefit from this support during this year’s dry season.
The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, disclosed this during the flag-off of the 2023/2024 dry session farming.
A program under the National Agricultural Growth Scheme and Agro-pocket Project in Jigawa State.
This support for the wheat farmers is expected to produce over 1.2 million tonnes of wheat during the farming session, the minister, said.
“The dry season farming is an integral part of the National Agricultural Growth Scheme and AgroPocket Project, made possible by a $134 million loan facility advanced to Nigeria by the African Development Bank (AfDB),” he said.
Kyari said President Bola Tinubu, had resolved to expand the capacity of farmers to engage in the cultivation of key staples like rice, maize, cassava, and wheat.
“The aim is to increase crop yield by at least 20% compared to the previous year.
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These high-value staples will be joined by others like soybeans and sorghum in the wet season.
“Other selected staples are earmarked for similar, varied support, all aimed at significantly reducing food inflation, as well as Nigeria’s dependence on foreign import while increasing domestic consumption,” the minister said.