Daily Trust (Abuja)

26 November 2012

Nigeria: Kano Farmers Trained On Grain Quality Improvement

Kano — Kano State office of the World Bank Assisted Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) in collaboration with Nestle Nigeria Limited, conducted training on grains quality improvement on over six hundred commercial farmers in the state, the state coordinator of the project, Alhaji Salisu Kaila has said.

Represented by the Agricultural Productivity and Advisory Services Officer of the project, Alhaji Danladi Mohammed, Kaila said the training was aimed at enhancing the capacity of the participants to reduce food losses due to mycotoxins as well as ensuring increase income and food security of the farmers.

Mycotoxins are dangerous chemical substances that are produced by moulds to contaminate agricultural commodities at pre and post harvest levels.

The training had also built the capacities of the participating farmers on the use of Aflasafe chemical to control aflatoxin in crops as an efficient method of quality grains production.

Aflasafe is an indigenous aflatoxin bio-control product developed by International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, to offer a long-term solution to the Aflatoxin problem in Nigeria.

Kaila said that with this workshop, maize and rice farmers in the state are expected to enhance their productivity and income at the end of every season.

He advised the participants to put in practice what they leant from the workshop, saying "modern agricultural techniques is a key to enhanced productivity, increased yield and standard of living. He therefore implored them to adopt the new technology as demonstrated at the training seasons.

Commenting on the training, the Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Mr. Bola Audu said his company partnered with the CADP in order to support large scale farming of high quality crops and assist government in its determination to attain food sufficiency as envisaged in vision 2020. Mr. Audu said also that, as a company that engages in value-added processing of grains, Nestles Nigeria Plc will want to see farmers grow grains of international standard which is free from mycotoxins in order to safeguards the health safety of its teeming loyal customers.

He expressed appreciation over the level of farmers' participation at the training and assured that his company will likely expand the project to cover more farmers in the state.

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