Agro-processing, Productivity Enhancement, and Livelihood Support (APPEALS) project, in collaboration with Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria in Kaduna state Northwest Nigeria has introduced four varieties of improved rice seed to farmers in Kano state.
The APPEALS project Coordinator in Kano state, Mr. Hassan Ibrahim, gave the information on during farmers’ field day on variety screening for yield potential at Kadawa village, Garin Malam Local Government area of the state.
Ibrahim said that the aim of introducing the four improved rice seeds was to assist small and medium scale farmers in spending less and getting more yield after harvesting.
According to him, no farmer can record more success in farming without using the right seeds and if the right seed is used, applying insecticide will not be necessary.
Ibrahim said that APPEALS would soon start the training of selected 1,700 farmers to benefit from its empowerment programme.
He said that the beneficiaries would be given free capital to establish their selected value chain, especially in rice, wheat and tomatoes farming and processing as well as other agric businesses.
He also stated that arrangements were ongoing to assist rice millers in Kwanar Dawaki with some facilities to enhance their productivity and compete favourably with foreign rice.
Dr. Yusuf Usaini, Officer in charge of IAR Irrigation Research Station, Kadawa, said the new seeds would enable farmers get more yield at the end of farming season.
Usaini said that the different varieties of the improved rice seeds tested included WITA 4, FARO 60, FARO 66 and FARO 57.