Farming communities in northern Nigeria, led by their local leaders, showed keen interest in dry season groundnut seed production. Besides being an additional source of income, the prestige that farmers derive by being recognized as reliable producers of improved seed is a strong driving force.
A recent field day organized in Kafin Zaki villageof Ningi Local Government Area (LGA) had over 350 farmers in attendance including the Honorable Alhaji Abba Saleh, Chair, Ningi LGA, and Mr Alhaji Mohammad Kilishi Musa, District Head, Ningi. In his opening remarks, the Honorable Alhaji Abba Saleh stated that he and 29 other farmers from his village are beneficiaries of improved seed provided by ICRISAT in collaboration with West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme for dry season cultivation, and described the performance of the crop in his locality as encouraging. He appreciated the zeal of the farmers in adopting dry season groundnut production. Joining him, the District Head commended the farmers and added that he too cultivated groundnut in the dry season and has started harvesting this year’s produce.
The aim of the field day was to sensitize farmers on the profitability, income generation and system sustainability that can be achieved through dry season groundnut seed production. A total of 200 farmers were trained and given improved groundnut seeds for production in the 2015 dry season, 60 of them were from Kafin Zaki village where the field day was organized.
In addition to the high price the farmers obtain from sale of seed, grain and fodder from dry season cultivation, groundnut fixes nitrogen contributing to soil fertility maintenance.
Partners: National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, FMARD; ICRISAT
Investor: West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme
Adapted from ICRISAT Happenings