Tropical Legumes III (TLIII) project, led by ICRISAT, a major international initiative supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and implemented by International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in collaboration with other research institutes has revealed that, the project has partnered farmers in Kano state through Kano Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KNARDA) towards achieving a boost in cowpea production in the state.
Addressing farmers during farmer’s green field day held at Dawakin Tofa local government area of the state, TLII project coordinator Dr. Chris Ojiewo stated that, the project is aimed at ensuring an increase in legume productivity, nutrition for smallholder farmers and increased in their income.
He added that, the project has made several efforts in churning out to farmers improved variety seeds that will suits the climate in the tropical areas.
“What we are having now is what we called, Climate smart crops, we are presently putting efforts to see how these seeds can get to all cowpea farmers for better yield and for easy adaptation to climate change,” said Dr. Chris
Similarly, the Managing Director KNARDA Professor Mahmoud Ibrahim Daneji represented by Director Admin and General Services Alhaji Haruna Ado Abdullahi reaffirmed the state’s commitment in ensuring that farmers in the state have received all the necessary assistance they may require in boosting their agricultural potentials for a better viable state in particular and the nation in general.