ATSAP Empowers 2000 Rice Farmers In Niger State
The Agriculture Transformation Agenda Support Programme, ATSAP is empowering about two thousand rice farmers in Niger State with modern technology in rice production.
Beneficiaries of the programme used this year’s Farmers Field Day in Kpatswa, Mokwa local government area of the State showcase some of the lessons learnt.
The farmers had benefited from improved seedlings, farmers inputs and exposure to value chain opportunities.
A female rice farmer, Malama Amina Abdulkadir who was trained in modern processing method, said the knowledge has assisted in the production of clean rice.
Two other farmers, Isaiah Legbo and Adamu Yakubu explained that the improved seeds and other good agricultural practices introduced to them have increased their yields from about twenty bags to eighty per hectare.
A seed system specialist with Africa Rice, Dr. Alhassan Majin encouraged the farmers to form cooperatives and reduce over reliance on government to provide them with support.
Dr Majin also advised them to take farming as a business to enable them make more profits.
The Zonal Irrigation Engineer of the Agriculture Transformation Agenda Support Programme, Alhaji Muhammad Ciroma enjoined the farmers to sustain the use of the modern ways of farming they have been exposed to.
The field day took the farmers to different demonstrations plot where they displayed what they have learnt and how it has impacted their productions.
The Field Day was done in collaboration with Africa Rice.