WOFAN/CARI Project: Good Days as Rice Farmers See Bumper Harvest

 For rice farmers trained and supported by the WOFAN/ CARI project, good days are here again. This is because they are experiencing a bumper harvest which many attest is the best they have had in recent memory.

The farmers, who are drawn from Bunkure, Dawakin Kudu, Garko and Garun Malam local government areas of Kano state, received Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training organized under the CARI project and input support through a special in-kind credit scheme.
The interventions ensured they employed better planting and farm management techniques and these led to very high yields for many of the farmers. The new techniques have also led to higher quality of paddy which is competing favourably in the open market with a bag of 75kg paddy going for as much as N12,000.00 as against the old average of N4,000.00.
Expressing delight on how things have turned out on his rice farm this season, a rice farmer in Dawakin Kudu, Malam Abdulazeez Yakubu, said his new skills and the support from the CARI Project played a major role in how things have turned out this year.
He said, “First of all, I must give thanks to Allah for his blessings this year. The rains came on time and we enjoyed a very good rainy season. So, my rice had plenty water. And, when the rains stopped, I used complimentary irrigation.
“More importantly however, I practiced many of the new things we learned from WOFAN and CARI and this has made a huge difference in the performance of my farm.”
Asked to list some of the new techniques which he thinks changed his fortunes, he said transplanting as well as timely and correct usage of fertilizer were the most important changes he made and he thinks these changes contributed immensely to the high yield he enjoyed at the end of the 2016 wet season.
“Here, most of us just broadcast our seeds. And, due to lack of adequate resources, we either shun use of fertilizer or manage whatever we can lay our hands on. But this year, the training we received from WOFAN and CARI made me realise the importance of transplanting and I adopted it. I also got enough fertilizer without stress, thanks to the in-kind credit scheme introduced by the project. And, here we are today, I am happy because I have experienced the best rice harvest ever”, he enthused.
Speaking in the same vein, Malam Uba Datti, another rice farmer in Kumurya, Bunkure LGA disclosed that this year’s harvest is the best he has experienced, thanking Allah for the blessings and noting that the new skills and input support he received from WOFAN and CARI have changed his rice farming business for the best and forever.
A crop cutting experiment is being carried out by the project to confirm wet season harvest by the farmers. Wet weight from some of the sampled farms have confirmed that the farmers experienced very good harvest with some of the results showing potentials of up to 8 tons per hectare. This can be confirmed when the yield survey, which is in its final stages, is concluded.
The CARI Project which seeks to enhance rice production and processing in Africa is being facilitated in Kano State by WOFAN and CARI with funding support from the Walmart Foundation. The project targets over 5,000 rice farmers and processors in four local government areas of Kano State.

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  • Administering yield survey questionnaire (left) and cutting paddy inside harvest sample box

 

 

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  • Threshing and winnowing sample harvest in Dawakin Kudu (left) and Bunkure (right) respectively

 

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  • Taking wet weight of sample harvest