Stakeholder Partnership is Key to Meeting National Wheat Demand
The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said that partnership among stakeholders in wheat production value chains is required for Nigeria to be self-sufficiency in the production of the wheat, adding that such partnership would go a long way in stimulating national production of the commodity, just as it has done in the case of rice in the country.
The Kano State Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Nasiru Gawuna, said this on Monday at the ‘Kano Wheat Farmers Field Day’ organized by the Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN) held in Dambatta Local Government Area of the state.
Ganduje said that the selection of wheat as one of crop it is promoting under its Agriculture Development Program was deliberate, considering the importance the commodity could have on the nation’s move for food security.
He said the State Government would continue to engage with development partners, community and farmer-based organizations and provide enabling environment that will support local production of wheat and also the provision of production inputs to enhance the productivity of the farmers.
The governor commended the Federal Government for its support to agriculture and also applauds the Flour Milling Association of Nigeria for engaging farmers through implementing an intensive out-grower program, adding that the inputs, such as the loans given to farmers in local government areas, such as Dambatta, Garun Mallam, Bunkure, Kura, and Ajingi, had greatly helped the farmers.
The President, Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Salim Muhammad, said that the event was organized to demonstrate that by applying best agricultural practices wheat can grow effectively in Nigeria.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono urged the Wheat Farmers to increase the yield that every year Nigeria makes up for the production deficit by importing the product from other countries.
He said that in the last 4 years, Wheat worth about 2.2 trillion Naira was imported, but measures have been put in place to increase wheat production so as to reduce the import bill.
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