Farmers in three communities of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are to get improved seeds by the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) in collaboration with the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP – Nigeria) in a bid to enhance farming activities in the nation’s capital.
The three benefitting communities are Karshi in the Abuja Municipal Area Council, Kawu in Bwari Area Council and Kiyi in Kuje Area Council.
Speaking at the flag-off of the distribution in Karshi, ARCN’s Executive Secretary, Yusuf Abubakar, said that WAAPP-Nigeria in 2013 mandated the council to establish agriculture research outreach centre in the three adopted villages and schools.
The executive secretary who was represented by Olusola Oni said that the programme is meant to facilitate the transfer and adoption of improved agricultural technologies to the farming communities in the territory.
Abubakar noted that the overall goal of the programme is to improve the economic status of the farmers and better their standard of living. He said the improved seeds to be given to farmers in the three communities include about 5.7 metric tons of maize, rice and sorghum as well as 643 yam seeds.
He called on the benefitting farmers to take advantage of the opportunity by following the recommended practice in using the seeds.
Earlier, Catherine Alao, coordinator of the programme, had assured that the council will monitor the benefiting farmers by visiting their farmlands on weekly basis to offer solution to any problems they might encounter.
The ARCN’s Desk Officer in Karshi, Aminu Abdullahi said that the seeds would get to the serious minded farmers through their leaders in the community.
The traditional ruler of Karshi, Alhaji Sama’ila Muhammed, who was represented by the Hakimi of the community, lauded the programme and assured the council of his community’s interest in its activities.