The National Chairman of Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria (WFAN), Salim Muhammad, has said that certified high yielding wheat seeds are not readily accessible to wheat farmers in the country. This, he said, is a major constraint facing his members who want to cultivate.
Muhammed said wheat seeds currently used in the wheat producing states are foundation seeds. He said no company in the country produces certified wheat seeds.
His concern is coming as planting season begins this month.
He also said for the past two production seasons, wheat farmers have not received any support from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture nor the states’ ministries of agriculture – except for few states like Kebbi, Kano and Jigawa whose governments support wheat production.
He, however, said his association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Flour Mill Association of Nigeria (FMAN) which, he said, has promised to supply them with threshing machines before the end of the harvest period this year.
This, he said, is in addition to 2,000 units of 50kg bags of wheat seeds his association received from FMAN for distribution to farmers in the seven wheat producing states of the country.
Muhammad said with the commencement of farming season, the distribution of seeds to, especially first time wheat farmers, across producing states has also commenced. He added that farmers that have been into its production have saved seeds of at least 100kg bag which they were earlier advised to save in order to continue production.
Although there are numerous challenges facing the sector, Mohammad was however delighted about the expected yield and an appreciative increase in the area under wheat cultivation from last farming season compared to this year’s. Read more