Agricultural practices in seven key partnering states in Nigeria are to benefit from N8 billion fund being provided by International Funds for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to boost improved farming approaches and qualitative training exposure for farmers.
Abdullahi Surajo, the head of Knowledge Management Communication of the fund, made the disclosure in Dutse, listing Katsina, Kebbi, Jigawa, Zamfara, Sokoto, Yobe and Borno as the benefitting states.
IFAD has engaged 207 farmers groups in the benefiting states, he said.
The fund will also cover agribusiness support programme as well as the establishment of a farmer’s field school to groom the farmers on new methods to help farmers’ adaptation to climate change and global warming issues surrounding agriculture.
Surajo added that business schools will also be established to train farmers on the appropriate crops to produce and the marketing strategy for the sale of the commodities.
The IFAD Climate Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme, IFAD-CASP, has been designed to address climate change and global warming issues as it relates to farming.
Surajo explained that under the scheme, farmers would be encouraged to shift from substance to commercial agricultural production.
The IFAD head of management knowledge communication had embarked on an assessment tour of the state to identify and resolve challenges in the IFAD programmes.