Nigeria: “Previously I used to cultivate 0.5ha, last year however, I increased it to 2ha and got 76 (100kg) bags of the high yielding Norman variety, part of which I sold for N23,000 (USD 58) per bag and got N1.35 million (USD 3,463), one of my best incomes in recent years,” explains Alhassan Abdullahi. “I added this money to what I got the previous seasons and bought 2ha of land which I will now use to expand my farming ventures,” he adds. Alhassan Abdullahi, a farmer from Kano State, Nigeria is a member of the Kadawa Innovation Platform of the AfDB, funded by SARD-SC Wheat project of ICARDA. Activities of the platform are coordinated by the Lake Chad Research Institute and the Institute of Agricultural Research at the Ahmadu Bello University-Zaria.
Alhassan has grown wheat since 1984 when he was in secondary school. He says he was able to increase wheat acreage and also got good price because of guaranteed market under an offtake program with the Millers Association of Nigeria. The program conditions were negotiated with the support of SARD-SC and Agriculture Ministry in the wheat growing states of Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Millers Association of Nigeria, the Wheat Farmers Association, the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Governors of Kano and Kebbi states. This was coupled with support to deploy better agronomic practices and new high yielding wheat varieties from SARD-SC Wheat project. In the Kadawa region of Kano State, there are 40 farmer clusters each comprising of between 20-25 farmers.
Alhassan is a representative of a cluster of 22 wheat farmers, having certified wheat seed in his store, that were distributed to his cluster for the planting season that begun on Nov.11th 2016. His cluster got the wheat seed through an anchor borrowing program for seed, fertilizer, chemicals and water pumps, funded by the Central Bank of Nigeria. The farmers will repay in cash or in kind through their grain produced after harvest. With certified seed, training on best farm practices and inputs, Alhassan increased both his production and productivity, from planting 0.5ha which gave him just 8 bags to 2ha that gave him 76 bags. And with ready market he says he intends to increase production further.