The Federal Government of Nigeria said on Friday that it would begin dry season wheat farming on over 70,000 hectares of land in November. It has been predicted that dry season wheat farming would generate 875,000 metric tonnes, which would be placed in the country’s food reserves.
Abubakar Kyari, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, made the announcement during a briefing in Abuja on the future of agriculture in Nigeria.
“Implementation of dry season wheat production will begin in November 2023 as part of the National Agricultural Growth Scheme and Agro Pocket projects funded by the African Development Bank,” he said, outlining the urgent priority steps that would be underway until the end of 2023.
“The goal of this scheme is to produce wheat on over 75,000 hectares across the country’s wheat production zone, with an expected yield of 875,000 metric tonnes for our food reserves.”
“Blending of appropriate fertilisers to support this year’s dry season farming while making provisions for next year farming season well in advance; providing train-the-trainer for extension agents involved in dry season farming in collaboration with wheat producing states and other partners such as flour mills.”