Kaduna State Government has said it has introduced a new initiative to support rural farmers enhance their agricultural yields.
Hassan Mahmood, the Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, said the initiative tagged `value kits’ was meant to support rural farmers “working very hard with no good results.’’
The commissioner explained during a public policy dialogue organised by Partnership Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) – Engaged Citizens and UK AID, that the value kits were designed to increase yield and enhance growth.
“That is the reason why we distribute the kits to three rural communities in order to enhance yield of quality farm produce.
“We plan to scale up the program to the entire state,’’ he said.
The value kit contains improved maize and soya beans seeds, herbicides, insecticide and fertilizer.
Mahmood urged the beneficiaries to respect the terms of the engagement, to ensure the success of the programme.
Earlier, Mr Abel Adejor, the PERL – Engaged Citizens Team Leader, pledged to render support to the initiative, and other programmes that would add value to the lives of rural people.
” PERL-Engaged Citizens is in support of the effort being made by the ministry to enhance agriculture in Kaduna and we hope this initiative will be scaled up to other states of the federation”.
He said that the dialogue was organised to provide platform for citizens and government to interact on agric issues, share experience and give feedback.
Abubakar Muhammad, a beneficiary from Banki, a community in Kaduna North Local Government, commended the quality of the items supplied to them.
However, Mercy Gideon of Unguwan Marwa, Kaduna South Local Government, complained that the late distribution of the value kits had affected their harvest.
“We normally start planting when the rain begins but the items were given to us towards the end of the rainy season which really affected our harvest.
“We appeal to the government to distribute the items at the appropriate time this year,” she said