Training lead-farmers to assist in farmer-to-farmer dissemination of improved groundnut production technologies is a critical part of the strategy being successfully deployed to build a profitable groundnut seed industry.

As part of the strategy ICRISAT-Nigeria recently organized trainings on dry season groundnut seed production.

The goal of the training was to encourage dry season groundnut seed production among farmers in order to make available to farmers seeds of improved groundnut varieties for planting in the wet season, thus increasing their overall productivity.

The training was attended by 150 lead farmers from Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Katsina and Kaduna States.

Based on availability of irrigation facilities in their localities and their involvement in dry season farming, lead farmers were selected from different locations in the various states for the training. The trainings focused on the special practices needed for effective and profitable groundnut seed production in the dry season. The training addressed the choice of seeds, land preparation, water requirements, seed treatment, sowing practices and sowing dates, weeds, pests and disease control, determination of maturity period, ideal harvest practices with focus on control of aflatoxin contamination and storage.

ICRISAT will provide the trainees with Foundation seeds and fertilizers through the Groundnut Value Chain (GNVC).

Partner Agencies: Groundnut Value Chain (GNVC) of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme; National Groundnut Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria; and State Agricultural Development Projects.

This work was undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes.

Source: ICRISAT Happenings