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Sunday, March 3, 2024

Just In: Hardship: AfDB Grants Nigeria $134million To Cultivate Rice, Others

By Our Correspondent

The African Development Bank(AfDB) says its supporting Nigeria in cultivating rice, maize, cassava and soya beans to boost food production amidst hardship rocking the country.

AfDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina who announced this said the bank is providing $134 million to achieve this.

Adesina spoke while addressing Reporters after visiting the Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA) at Bayero University, Kano.

He stated that the bank would support Nigeria in cultivating 300,000 hectares each of rice and maize, 150,000 hectares of cassava and 50,000 hectares of soybeans during the 2024 planting season.

“This March, the AfDB is supporting Nigeria in cultivating 118,000 hectares of heat-tolerant varieties of wheat and another 150,000 hectares of maize.

“We live in an era of climate change, and yet only three per cent of African agriculture is under irrigation. We have to ensure we help our farmers with timely and appropriate information.

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“We have no alternative but to adapt to climate change; adopt better ways of using water, particularly in cultivating dry land crops that are more resilient and tolerant,’’ Mr Adesina said.

He added that AfDB would provide grants for the CDA and collaborate with it to become a centre for predicting weather patterns and gathering information to improve farmers’ plans.

“We will also support youths to develop their business ideas into reality with our $20,000 grant on Agri Pitch’ andAgri Hacking’,’’ he said.

Mr Adesina commended the vice-chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, Sagir Adamu-Abbas, and the CDA director, Jibrin Mohammed-Jibrin, for assisting farmers with access to technology in the face of climate change.

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