The Federal Government has picked Kano State for the establishment of its pilot programme on massive wheat production.
The State Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Alhaji Faruk Rabiu who made this known in Kano noted that the wheat cultivation on 15,000 hectares will begin in the first week of November under the supervision of AFAN and Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL).
“The programme will be implemented under cluster farming system and fully mechanised as no fewer than 250 tractors will be used for the cultivation of the 15, 000 hectares.”He said.
Rabiu disclosed that a Fertilizer Company made available 300 trucks of fertilizer for the programme, including an improved variety of wheat seeds needed for the production.
The chairman said about 120 youths who have been selected from Ajingi, Bunkure, Kura and Garunmalam, local government areas would be trained on how to plant the commodity and the application of fertilizer.
He explained that farmers anticipating to be part of the programme would have to register their farms with the association before they are given money or inputs like in the Anchor Borrower programme.