40,000 Wheat Farmers Receive Project Management Training In Jigawa

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The Jigawa state government, in partnership with the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), has launched a comprehensive training programme for 2,000 agricultural extension workers, and leaders of wheat farmer groups. This initiative forms part of the 2023/2024 national Wheat farming project in the state, aimed at enhancing project management skills.

Alhaji Abbas Umar Masanawa, Managing Director of NIRSAL, underscored the importance of this collaboration during the training inauguration in Dutse, the state capital. He emphasised the joint commitment of the Jigawa state government, and NIRSAL to ensuring a successful wheat harvest.

The training’s first phase involved 355 extension agents and 706 farmer cluster leaders from districts including Kiyawa, Birnin Kudu, Ringim, Hadejia, and Kazaure; representing four of the state’s five emirates. These participants are tasked with sharing the knowledge gained, as well as the training materials with over 800 wheat farmer groups, comprising 40,000 registered wheat farmers participating in the state/national 2023 wheat production project.

The training sessions covered an in-depth analysis of potential protocol breaches and early warning systems to address issues that could hamper project progress. Participants also received guidance on effective produce aggregation, identified as a critical success factor for the project.

Mr Suleiman Ibrahim, representing the Managing Director, stressed the urgency of reducing the annual six million US Dollar wheat importation cost by enhancing local production. NIRSAL, an initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), spearheads efforts to eliminate the risk in agriculture and agribusiness financing; thereby stimulating investment in the Agricultural Value Chain.

Muttaka Namadi, Jigawa State Commissioner for Agriculture, expressed gratitude to NIRSAL for its unwavering support towards the success of the Jigawa Wheat project. He highlighted the importance of collaboration in achieving project objectives; an act that was echoed by participants who praised the capacity development program for providing invaluable insights.

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