Alhaji Sani Garba from Nigeria
“Previously I got just 5 bags from less than 0.75ha, last year (2016 season) however from 10ha I got 350 bags and sold them for about N23,000 (USD 58)" says Alhaji Sani Garba. Alhaji is originally from Borno State. Due to conflict there he migrated to Kano where he got a loan and bought 20ha of land. He has been a wheat farmer for over 20 years. He says that for many years he planted less than one ha because production and market was low. He says his productivity begun to gradually rise four years ago. In the 2014 season he got 45 bags from 2ha. The following season of 2015 he planted 3ha and got 80 bags.
Alhaji says the increase in productivity was because of training and from the training he learnt row planting, early planting and use of liquid fertilizer. Last season he planted the variety Atilla Gan Atilla and Norman from SARD-SC. He says as a result of wheat farming he bought a water pump, has taken four children to the university and even bought himself a car mainly from proceeds of wheat.
Awad Hamad from Sudan
“My yields almost tripled to 22.5 bags per feddan (4.5 t/ha) from when I begun using new wheat varieties from SARD-SC, doing rotation of wheat with groundnuts and practicing ridge planting as per the trainings that I received, " says Awad Hamad, a 78 year old farmer from Gezira in Sudan. Awad has grown wheat for more than 10 years. For many seasons his wheat yields were low, not exceeding 8.5 bags per feddan (1.6 t/ha). "As a result of better yield from wheat, I got more money with which I bought 10 heads of cattle and these helped me to diversify my farm income," Awad explains. Awad is a member of the Rai Ebasatna innovation platform of the AfDB funded SARD-SC wheat project of ICARDA. He has undergone a series of training into better agronomic practices of wheat farming and also received various support from the project. After the training, Awad was contracted to be a wheat seed producer to produce new varieties Zakia, Iman and Goumria.