Within two years of the inception of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture SARD-SC project, the wheat component has mobilized a fast –track seed multiplication program and distributed 58 tons of improved seeds that have been grown over 500 hectares of wheat areas in six sites across two states in Nigeria.
The IITA/SARD-SC Project coordinator, Dr Chrys Ake who said in a statement in Ibadan on Tuesday added that both Kano and Borno State were participating in the project with over 1600 Nigerian farmers. He added that the IITASARD-SC wheat initiative is pursuing similar activities in another 11 countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
According to him, the project is funded by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and its focus is on raising the productivity and profitability of four commodities: cassava, maize, rice, and wheat to enhance the fortunes of Africa.
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