The Federal Government announced on Friday its plans to initiate dry season wheat cultivation across more than 70,000 hectares of land, commencing in November.
The government expects to yield approximately 875,000 metric tonnes of wheat from this dry season farming, which will contribute to the nation’s food reserves.
During a briefing in Abuja, focused on the future of agriculture in Nigeria, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, outlined the immediate priority actions for the sector until the end of 2023.
Kyari stated, “Implementation of the dry season wheat production is starting in November 2023 as part of the National Agricultural Growth Scheme and Agro Pocket projects funded by the African Development Bank.”
He continued, “Under this scheme, the target is to produce wheat on over 70,000 hectares across the wheat production zones of the country, with an expected yield of 875,000 metric tonnes for our food reserves. Other measures include blending appropriate fertilisers to support this year’s dry season farming, as well as providing train-the-trainer programs for extension agents involved in dry season farming, in collaboration with wheat-producing states and partners like flour mills.”