About 1,000 smallholder farmers/caregivers received training on agronomy of groundnut cultivation, technology transfer and obtained improved seed variety from ICRISAT, while the Women Farmer Advancement Network (WOFAN) provided fertilizer for the pilot project which will focus on both rainfed and dry season groundnut production.

A follow-up training on groundnut oil processing using locally fabricated manual and motorized machines would be held during the season. This is expected to assist the caregivers increase family income and nutrition and give basic care in return to the orphans and their families.

A total of 400 packs (10 kg each) of groundnut seed (to be planted as demonstration plot for seed production as well as compare with local cultivars), 1,000 packs (10 kg each) of maize seed and 1,000 packs (10 kg each) of NPK fertilizer was distributed to the participants. Another set of 308 packs (1 kg each) and 132 packs (10 kg each) was distributed among 22 wards.

In an advocacy visit to the district headquarters where distribution of input and fertilizer took place on 10 July, Dr Hakeem Ajeigbe, ICRISAT Nigeria Country Representative and Ms Hajia Salamatu Garba, Executive Director of WOFAN explained to the District Head of Gwarzo, Mr Alh Shehu K Bayero and the community about the various projects undertaken by ICRISAT and WOFAN on agriculture, health, nutrition and income generation. Mr Alh Bayero thanked ICRISAT and WOFAN and promised to support the activities justifying that the concept of training the caregivers and orphans is very important and timely since they can use the knowledge gained to generate more income instead of depending on alms.

Source: ICRISAT Happenings