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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

9 Million Yam Seedlings To Be Distributed To Nigerian Farmers

No fewer than nine million yam seedlings are to be distributed to yam farmers across the country under the CBN’s Anchor Borrowers Programme, (ABP) the Technical Committee on Nigeria Yam Export says.
Prof. Simon Irtwange, the Chairman of the committee, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, that the distribution would commence in the first quarter of 2019. The planned move would support yam production, processing, export and aggregation (storage).

Irtwange, also the President Yam Farmers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria, said the planned move would support yam production, processing, export and aggregation (storage). According to him, CBN has accepted to put yam on the Anchor Borrowers Programme so we are right now doing documentation across states.

Irtwange noted that four seed companies had been authorised by the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) to produce the yam seedlings.

“We are inviting farmers and we are trying to get anchor for the programme especially processors, aggregators and exporters. We are thinking of planting the yams on ridges not heaps so that we can introduce mechanisation and this can decrease our planting area density by 10,000”

About nine million yam seedlings will be available by first quarter of 2019 so that by March, farmers will begin to plant under the Anchor Borrowers Programme, the seedlings will be distributed to farmers.


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