The Kano Agropastoral Development Project, KSADP, has begun the distribution of 100 units of single-row hand-pushed planters to farmers through its implementing partner, Sasakawa Africa Association.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Communication Officer, Sasakawa Africa, Moses Nongoatse, on Sunday in Kano.
The project is being funded by the Kano State Government, the Islamic Development Bank, IsDB, and the Lives and Livelihoods Fund, LLF.
According to the released statement, the planters are being distributed to farmers across different farming communities in the 44 LGAs of the state, so as to promote their productivity by providing access to efficient planting and fertilizer application equipment.
The SAA/KSADP Project Coordinator, Abdulrasheed Kofarmata, stated that the distribution of the planters was part of ongoing efforts to support smallholder farmers in the state by providing them access to efficient and affordable agricultural tools.
In his words: “The KSADP through SAA is helping our farmers to increase their productivity and income levels, which would ultimately lead to improved food security and livelihoods for rural households.
“Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), implementing the crop component of the KSADP, is committed to supporting smallholder farmers in Kano State to improve their productivity and income levels by providing farmers with services, training, inputs, and market linkages.”
This, he said, would build a more sustainable and food-secure future for Kano State.
Mallam Isa, one of the beneficiaries from Bunkure Local Government Area, expressed gratitude to the KSADP for the kind gesture.
“This planter will make my work much easier and help me produce more crops, increasing my yield and income.
“Single-row hand-pushed planters are simple agricultural tools that can make a big difference in the lives of smallholder farmers.
”They are easy to operate and help farmers plant seeds more evenly, efficiently, leading to massive increased crop yields and higher incomes.
”The distribution of simple planters would go a long way to improve crop productivity and income in the state,” he said.