Agric Ministry, AFAN, WACOT to empower 600 soya beans farmers in Kaduna


 The Federal Ministry of Agriculture, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and West African Cotton Company (WACOT) Limited, would empower 600 soya beans farmers in Kaduna State to cultivate 600 hectares of land.
AFAN Chairman in Kaduna State, Alhaji Nuhu Aminu, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria on Thursday.
The chairman said the programme was designed to empower members of the association to be more economically-viable and contribute to national development.
He said, ``600 members of AFAN from Kaduna state have been selected for this programme and each one of them will cultivate at least one hectare of farmland totalling 600 hectares.
``Each farmer is to be given 40 kilogrammes of soya beans improved seeds free of charge by WACOT.
``The farmlands will be provided by AFAN free, while the fertiliser will be supplied to them at a subsidised rate by AFAN.
``One good thing about the programme is that there is an established market for the product because under the arrangement, WACOT will buy the soya beans after harvest, `` he said.
Aminu appealed to the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the gesture, stressing that the programme would help to reduce unemployment among the youths.
The chairman said that AFAN in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture would monitor the programme, to ensure its successful implementation.
He said that the programme was better than the ``Anchor-Borrower-Programme,`` which had been ``unnecessarily delayed.'' (NAN)

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