Legume farmers in 11 states boost production, income

Hydroponics at the HighHill Agribusiness Development Centre, Lala near Abeokuta; growing plants without soil and using mineral nutrient solutions in water, a way to engage urban people in agriculture, will catch on in Nigeria soon PHOTO: FABIAN ODUM

Hydroponics at the HighHill Agribusiness Development Centre, Lala near Abeokuta; growing plants without soil and using mineral nutrient solutions in water, a way to engage urban people in agriculture, will catch on in Nigeria soon PHOTO: FABIAN ODUM

The goal of the N2Africa Project Nigeria to increase the adoption of inoculants, fertilizers and improved nitrogen-fixing legumes as well as facilitate sustained market access for legume farmers in Nigeria has made satisfactory progress.

The project, which has touched about 20,000 legume farmers from 11 states in 2015 and about 1,500 youths came under review as Country-Coordinator, Dr. Emmanuel Sangodele addressed stakeholders at the Overview of N2Africa implementation in 2015 and planning for 2016 implementation in Nigeria.

According to Sangodele, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and partners in 38 Local Government Areas are implementing the project across seven States of Kano, Kaduna, Benue, Kebbi, Kwara, Niger and the Federal Capital Territory.

At the meet, Dr. Alpha Kamara, Systems agronomist at IITA Kano said the programme also aims at reducing the rate of insecurity in the Northeast by the target to engage about 2,000 youths.

So far, over 20,000 soybean, cowpea and groundnut farmers were reached in 2015, working together with 22 different public and private sector partners.



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