Adoption of Best Agronomic Practices result in increased yield and income

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Mallam Umaru Aliyu Huda, 54, a resident of Huda Village of Kardi community of Birnin Kebbi LGA is a father of eleven (11) and a lead farmer in his producer group.  Before the project intervention, he was engaged mostly in farming activities and repairing of bicycle in his community

In 2015, he registered as a member of a producer group. As a result of his participation with the project for the last three years, he received training on smart skills and best agronomic practices, prior to these training, he practiced local methods of farming, but after two years and a half of exposure to best agronomic practices under the project he realized more desirable results in his production and productivity.

According to him, “I used to farm less than 1hectare of groundnut which gave me two (2) to three (3) bags of 100kg, after I attended best agronomic practices and SMART skills training with this project; I realized many mistakes in my local practice”. Now, the use of improved varieties of groundnut and the adoption of other best practices have resulted in a 133% increase in yield from 3 bags to 7 bags.

With this output, he decided to concentrate more on groundnut production. His farm size has increased by 200% (from about 1 hectare to 3 hectares). He recently bought a work bull and one water-pumping machine for his irrigation farm.