As part of its capacity-building programme, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has distributed elite cassava planting materials to over 300 farmers in Edo and Katsina States.
The cassava planting materials distributed have the attributes of early maturity, pest and disease resistance and high yielding.
A capacity building of the farmers was also carried out to strengthen their technical capacity in the production and processing of cassava in Nigeria. The beneficiaries include 120 farmers, 32 local government areas across Katsina State, and 80 farmers from eight local government areas of Edo State benefited from the distribution of the improved cassava planting materials.
Speaking over the development, the Director of the Federal Department of Agriculture, of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs. Hajia Karima Babaginda, lauded the Federal Government unrelenting efforts in promoting cassava production, processing, and marketing activities in Nigeria, aimed at Nigeria sustaining her leadership as the largest producer of cassava in the world.
She then urged the cassava farmers to utilise the cassava stems distributed to them by planting according to the new technologies disseminated and also encouraged them to share the planting materials and technologies with fellow cassava farmers at the end of the season.
Programme Manager Katsina Agriculture Development Program (ADP) represented by Alhaji Kabir Dabo commended the efforts of the federal government in promoting cassava production in Katsina State. He then implored the farmers to plant cassava cuttings distributed to them on their farms according to the recommended cassava production agronomic practices.
The State Chairman, Nigerian Cassava Growers Association (NCGA), Katsina State Chapter, Alhaji Hassan Yunusa noted that this is the first in the history of inputs distribution being supported by technology transfer in Katsina State.
“The purpose of the distribution of the improved cassava planting materials in Edo State is to enhance the production of the crop and make it more profitable for farmers because of the high yielding status of the planting materials,” Mr Wellington Omoregbon the State Coordinator of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in his remark, said.