The Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project (KSADP) is set to construct feeder roads of 70km to facilitate the movement of commodities and animals within the state.
The State Project Coordinator, KSADP, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad, revealed this during the project’s first extension workers engagement, under the SASAKAWA Africa Crop Value Chain intervention, in Kano.
According to him, the intervention is hinged on two major projects-the SASAKAWA and KNARDA interventions.
SASAKAWA Africa is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) under the Kano Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KNARDA). They are both key interventions under the KSADP.
“Our interventions, which include the SASAKAWA intervention, will cover cereals such as rice, maize, millet and sorghum while the KNARDA intervention will accommodate the production of legumes, like cowpea, soya beans and groundnut”.
“These interventions will eventually lead to increased food production in Kano, which will necessitate the construction of more access roads, for farm produce evacuation from the rural communities to markets in towns and urban areas,” Muhammad said.
He explained that through Sasakawa and KNARDA services, the KSADP will impact on not less than a combined total of 550,000 farmers.
The intervention, he added, would see to the provision of training, inputs warehousing and marketing services, to enhance farmer productivity.
On his part, the Country Director, SASAKAWA Africa, Prof. Sani Miko, represented by Dr. Abdulhamid Gambo, explained that a work plan for the intervention has already been drafted, while 90 extension agents have been engaged from KNARDA.
He said, “These Extension Agents will among several functions, form farmers groups and select community-based Extension Farmers who will lead demonstrations, marketing and other services, to ensure sustainability after the lapse of the project life span”.
In a related development, Muhammad disclosed that the renovation of the Watari dam in the Bagwai Local Government Area, which will commence shortly, would further boost food production and create more jobs in the state.
He further urged the extension workers to be alive to their responsibilities, stressing that no delay was expected from them since the intervention would start in the dry season, which is just around the corner.
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