The Federal Government, as part of measures to address the food shortage in the country, is set to flag off the 2023/2024 dry season farming on Saturday, 25 November 2023.
According to a statement issued by Kingsley Osadolor, technical adviser on strategy and communications to the Minister of Agriculture and food security on Thursday, the government announced a 50 percent drop in the price of agricultural inputs, as it plans to distribute a range of agricultural inputs, including seeds, fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides, will be delivered to farmers.
Osadolor noted that the 2023/2024 dry season farming is expected to take place in all the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, adding that one critical requirement, among others, is the availability of irrigable land where the dry season farming will occur.
“The 2023/2024 dry season farming will be boosted by an African Development Bank facility and implemented under the National Agricultural Growth Scheme and Agro-Pocket (NAGS-AP) project.
“The implementation is ICT-driven with earlier steps taken to geo-locate farmlands, enumerate, register, and cluster no fewer than 250,000 farmers,” he said.
He further disclosed that selected crops for the 2023/24 season include: wheat, rice, maize, sorghum, soybeans, and cassava.
“Wheat farmers have been guaranteed off-take of their produce by the Flour Millers Association of Nigeria.”