“Voice from the Field - Nigeria”

“We realized crop failure is farmers’ failure”

 

This is the Maize Multi Actor Value-chain Platform and Disability Intervention in Tudun-wada, Kano state, Nigeria. The project is supported by SG 2000 Nigeria`s Farmer Based Organizations (FBOs) program.

 



 

Muhammmad Yaro is a maize C.A.T. (Commodity Association trainer). He explained: “We are organized in this maize commodity value-chain organization since January 27, 2014. I am training the farmer groups specializing in maize value-chain. This is maize value-chain group is functioning well that we got over 80 bags of maize last harvest, but now we are planning to plant more than five hectares of maize plus a hectare of the improved (TGx1.448) Soy Bean variety. We are meeting fortnightly with the members contributing 200 Naira operating two bank accounts, Micro Finance Bank and Bank of Agriculture.”


Ibrahim Umar Dalawa is chairman of the Maize Value-chain Actors Association of Tudun-wada. He said that The 25 member value chain actors comprise of the farmers, the marketers, the agro chemical dealers, the extension workers, and representatives of the local government overseeing what we are doing. “We have bought a multi-purpose thresher which member farmers during harvest seasons get them for 50% discount. We take part in seminars, interactive sessions between farmers and agro-chemical dealers, and companies that provide seeds for the farmers to make sure that the seeds we use are genuine and from a genuine company. We have links with companies in Kano and Zaria who give us advice on the type of seeds we are going to plant, the type of chemicals we are going to use, and the type of fertilizer we are going to apply including the duration. Crop failure is farmers’ failure so these guides are useful to us.”

 

Hajiya Dije Ibrahim, is a community organizer & chair of the female group of this association who said: “My role in this association is helping women organize. In fact we have many groups within this association from 30 – 40 members under the value chain of different crops farming on rice fields, corn, beans, and so on. We have benefitted many things being in this platform. For instance, if a woman stays home giving birth, we contribute money for her and child`s wellbeing. Another is when a rainy season comes and if a woman does not have the means to start farming, we take money from our association account and we help her with that money and with no interest that she pays back after harvest. We help women who are not well with medicine. So, so many contributions to tell to be in this association.”






 

 




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