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AGRA Engages 300,000 Kaduna Farmers to Increase Food Production

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has revealed that 300,000 farmers have been engaged through its consortium project in Kaduna State as part of measures to increase food production in the state.

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has revealed that 300,000 farmers have been engaged through its consortium project in Kaduna State as part of measures to increase food production in the state.

The team leader of the consortium project in the state, Professor Chris Daudu, while speaking during the presentation of the overview of the program at National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) Zaria, Kaduna State, noted that they have reached out to farmers in 18 out of 23 local governments in the state.

AGRA is a proudly African-led institution focused on a food system-inspired inclusive agricultural transformation to help smallholder farmers achieve increased incomes, better livelihoods, and improved food security across Africa.

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Daudu went further to explain that they stepped down operations in five LGs due to insecurity, stating that they had security challenges in areas like Birnin Gwari Zango Kataf, among others.

According to him, the whole idea of the project is to address issues of resilience most farmers face today, as he listed some of those challenges to include low farming productivity, low income, climatic change, security, as well as issues regarding planting, managing crops, and marketing.

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He said at the end of the project, the farmers are not only expected to have knowledge of improved agricultural practices as well as the economic aspect of them, but the state will be able to adequately feed itself.

AGRA team lead assured that farmers in the state will have access to improved seeds and fertilizers, and they’ll be able to get good knowledge on agro-economy, while disclosing that the organization was able to give land to farmers for the cultivation of maize, cowpea, rice, and tomatoes.

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