June 11, 2024

Ginger Blight: 5000 Kaduna Smallholder Ginger farmers get FG Support

By Ibrahim Hassan-Wuyo

Kaduna – 5000 smallholder farmers who made losses during the 2023 farming season due to the effect of ginger blight disease on their farms across 7 Local Government Areas of Kaduna State, have gotten Federal Government support through the National Agricultural Development Fund (NADF) agricultural inputs as a form of intervention to the smallholder Ginger farmers.

The Executive Secretary, National Agricultural Development Fund, Muhammad Abu Ibrahim, said at the flag-off ceremony held in Kachia Kaduna State on Tuesday, that the intervention was the first phase of the input distribution program of the National Agricultural Development Fund (NADF) under the Ginger Recovery Advancement and Transformation for Economic Empowerment (GRATE) program.

He said the programme was designed to provide agricultural inputs as a form of support to smallholder Ginger farmers by the Federal Government.

“The Program will enable the affected farmers to practice Crop rotation on their farms affected by the Ginger Blight disease while also supporting them towards improved livelihoods from the economic losses they incurred due to the impact of the disease,” Abu Ibrahim said.

The NADF Boss further said that the NADF will further support the crop production process by providing Monitoring and Evaluation services, Good Agronomic Practices(GAP) and market linkages for the farmers, while also developing programs to strengthen and develop the entire Ginger value chain.

While flagging off the distribution exercise, Kaduna State Governor, Sen Uba Sani represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, said, “the State Government remains resolute to continue to provide support to smallholder farmers as a strategy against poverty and boost the economic fortunes of our people.”

The Governor commended the Federal Government for their consistent and continuous support to the state government, and promised to continue to work closely with the Federal Government and other key stakeholders for the benefit of the people of state.

“We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to the Federal Government and the National Agricultural Development Fund for their support to our smallholder Ginger farmers and for standing in solidarity with Kaduna State during this challenging period. We acknowledge and appreciate the swift intervention being implemented particularly the establishment of the National Ginger Blight Epidemic Taskforce to comprehensively address the issues arising from the huge lost suffered by our Ginger farmers,” Governor Uba Sani said.

According to the National Agricultural Development Fund (NADF), the intervention program in the first phase will provide inputs which include Maize and Sorghum Seeds, Fertilizers, Agrochemicals and Crop Protection Products to 5000 registered and validated smallholder Ginger farmers from across the 7 affected Local Govt Areas of Kachia, Zango-Kataf, Kaura, Kagarko, Jema’a, Jaba and Sanga in Kaduna State.