Uba Sani begins distribution of farm inputs, equipment to 40,000 farmers

Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna state on Monday flagged-off the distribution of farm inputs, farm implements and agro-processing equipment to 40,000 smallholder farmers under his ‘A Koma Gona’, (Back to Farm) initiative.

Addressing the flag-off ceremony, part of the programmes lined up for the one year anniversary celebration in office, in Ikara Local Government Area, for the beneficiaries in the Northern Senatorial zone, Governor Sani said Kaduna is the largest producer of ginger, maize, as well as tomato in Nigeria, lamenting that farmers suffer post harvest losses especially in perishable produce like tomatoes.

He however, vowed that his administration will revisit the aborted plan to establish tomato processing plant in Ikara, to address the losses suffered by tomato farmers in the area and surrounding LGAs.

“Agriculture remains the backbone of our economy, providing employment and sustaining livelihoods. Kaduna state is blessed with huge agricultural potential. 

“Our administration has come up with programmes and policies to further boost the sector and attract the needed investment for its growth and development. We are taking steps to address key challenges in the sector in order to restore the glory of farming and the joy of rural living. Smallholder farmers and small scale agro-processors have been facing difficulties due to the current economic challenges in the country. These category of farmers are very critical in our quest to ensure food security. 

“It is for this reason that our administration has come up with an innovative programme “Tallafin Noma – A Koma Noma” as part of our “sustainable livelihoods through social interventions and economic empowerment” initiative. Under this “A Koma Gona” (Get Back to Farm) component, the Ministry of Agriculture is mandated to target a minimum of 40,000 smallholder farmers and farmers’ cooperatives across the 23 local government areas.

“The Tallafin Noma programme includes distribution of inputs for crop and livestock production. For crop production, improved Maize Seed, Agrochemicals, NPK and Urea Fertilizers are distributed. For livestock production (poultry), 30 day-old chicks (broilers) with 4 bags of feeds and drugs are distributed, while 50 jumbo juveniles (catfish) with 2 bags of feeds and drugs are distributed for fisheries.

“To boost micro-mechanization of the agriculture sector in the state, power tillers with all the necessary equipment and accessories are distributed to farmer cooperative groups. This is a crucial step towards increasing production and productivity in our farms. Knapsack Sprayer with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) are also shared to individuals for agrochemical and liquid fertilizer application in their farms. 

“For the agro-processors, vegetable grinders are distributed to individuals, while hammer mills, haulers and threshers are distributed to cooperative groups as group assets. These processing machines will add value to our agricultural produce and improve the livelihoods of individuals and groups involved in agro-processing activities,” he said, while calling on the benefiting smallholder farmers and small-scale agro-processors to make effective use of the equipment and inputs.