By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Maize Growers Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (MAGPAMAN) in collaboration with Seed-Co Nigeria has organised a training programme for maize farmers in Kaduna State.
The training is in the handling and use of hybrid yield, fertilizer application to boost maize production.
Speaking at the training session, the State Chairman of MAGPAMAN Alh. Lawal Mai Shanu Gazara said 3,535 farmers would be trained at the end of the programme.
He said the association has distributed N644.99 million farming inputs to 3,535 farmers in Kaduna State for the 2020 wet season and each farmer got inputs worth N182,461
The chairman noted that the support was the initiative of Central Bank of Nigeria under the bank’s Anchor Borrowers Scheme.
He added that the training of the 3,535 maize farmers would be done in every part of the state.
He stressed that the initiative was aimed at supporting farmers with inputs towards achieving the nations food security.
Also speaking Mr Brighton Karume, Production and Processing Manager, Seed Co Nigeria, said there is the need for Nigeria to produce sufficient maize for export.
Mr.Karume said there was the need for farmers to engage in the hybrid technology so that the country would become one of the major exporters of maize globally.
According to him Seed Co through MAGPAMAN, had supplied hybrid maize seedlings to 33 states across the country.
“We are working closely with MAGPAMAN to ensure that farmers who received our seedlings achieve maximum yield at the end of harvesting period.