Starting from November this year, the Federal Government will commence dry season wheat cultivation on a vast expanse of land spanning over 70,000 hectares. This endeavour is anticipated to yield approximately 875,000 metric tonnes of wheat, which will be stored in the nation’s food reserves.
Abubakar Kyari, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, announced this development during a briefing in Abuja, where he outlined the future prospects for agriculture in Nigeria. He mentioned that the dry season wheat production is part of the National Agricultural Growth Scheme and the Agro Pocket projects, which receive funding from the African Development Bank.
Kyari stated, “Under this scheme, the target is to produce wheat on over 70,000 hectares across the wheat production zone of the country, with an expected yield of 875,000 metric tonnes for our food reserves.”
Additionally, he assured that the appropriate fertilizers would be blended to support this year’s dry season farming while making provisions for the upcoming farming season well in advance. Furthermore, there will be training programs for extension agents involved in dry season farming, conducted in collaboration with wheat-producing states and other partners, such as flour mills.
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