The Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project (KSADP) and Kano Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KNARDA) are working towards increased food production, officials said on Tuesday.
While KSADP plans to build, 70km of feeder roads in each local government area of the northwest Nigeria state, KNARDA is to support increased crop and animal production, the Project Coordinator of KSADP, Mallam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad, said.
Addressing newsmen in Kano, Muhammad explained that the project was initiated to easing movement of farm produce and animals, reduce man hours lost due to bad roads and boost economic growth.
Muhammad said that the project would be under the supervision of SASAKAWA Africa Crop Value Chain intervention.
Muhammad said “Maize, rice, millet and sorghum will be under SASAKAWA intervention, while KNARDA will support with production of soya beans, cowpea and groundnut.”
He said about 550,000 farmers would benefit from the KNARDA and SASAKAWA interventions through training and the provision of inputs, warehousing and marketing services to enhance and modernise the farming system.
The project, he said, would use Watari Dam in Bagwai Local Government Area, adding that the project is to irrigate farms, increase food production and create job opportunities for the people.
On his part, Ibrahim Sulaiman Dan Isle, Managing Director of KNARDA,said SASAKAWA and KNARDA would develop the Kano State Pastoral Development Project and modernise the system.