FG to commence 70,000 hectares dry season wheat farming


The Federal Government says beginning from November this year, it will commence the dry season cultivation of wheat on over 70,000 hectares of land.

An expected yield of 875,000 metric tonnes would be derived from the dry season wheat farming for storage in the country’s food reserves.

The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, made the disclosure on Friday at a briefing in Abuja, saying that the focus is on the way forward for agriculture in Nigeria.

He said the wheat production is part of the National Agricultural Growth Scheme and Agro Pocket projects funded by the African Development Bank.

According to him, “Under this scheme, the target is to produce wheat on over 70, 000 hectares across the wheat production zone of the country, with an expected yield of 875,000 metric tonnes for our food reserves.”


He assured that there would be blending of appropriate fertilisers to support this year’s dry season farming while making provisions for next year’s farming season well in advance, adding that there will be the provision of train-the-trainer for extension agents involved in dry season farming in collaboration with wheat producing states and other partners such as flour mills.

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