The Chairman of Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria in Daura Local Government Area, Katsina State, has said that 1,200 members of the association have registered to receive agricultural inputs for maize farming in the state.
The Association Chairman, Anwar Danjuma announced this in Duara, at the launch of distribution of the wet season agricultural inputs to registered farmers in the state.
Danjuma who said that the programme was being implemented under the Federal Government Anchor Borrower Scheme, stated that each farmer would receive six bags of fertiliser per hectare, 20kg of improved seedlings and two bottles of herbicide.
The chairman stressed that the maximum number of hectare a beneficiary can cultivate is five, while the minimum is half hectare; depending on the interest and ability of the farmer.
He added that 1,872 hectares was expected to be cultivated in the area within the stipulated period, assuring that the association would closely monitor the implementation of the programme.
While commending the Federal Government for including the maize production programme in the Anchor Borrowers Scheme, Danjuma appealed to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Bank of Agriculture (BOA) to ensure timely supply of inputs to enable farmers to begin early cultivation.