By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Maize farmers assisted with improved inputs and new technologies by the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support, (APPEALS) Project in Kaduna State have recorded a significant increased in yield last year.
Chairman of Biye Cluster Farmers Association in Giwa Local Government Area, Alhaji Adamu Aliyu Shika, disclosed at the Pre-6th Implementation Support Mission team led by the Project National Coordinator, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Jobdi last week during the field visit.
The field visit was part of on-the-spot assessments of the Project intervention areas in the state.
Alhaji Shika told the team that most of the group members recorded increased in productivity and harvested more bags compared to the previous year.
He said the Association harvested 206 tons of maize as against the 156 tons before the project’s intervention; adding that the association had negotiated with an off-taker who has agreed to buy the maize at the prevailing market prices.
Responding, the National Project Coordinator, Alhaji Jobdi, expressed his satisfaction with the increase in production recorded by some beneficiaries of the project in the state.
Jobdi described the farmers’ testimonies as encouraging, and urged them to continue to adopt and practice the technologies and new methods introduced by the project.