Food crisis: SAPRUL targets 7,000 farmers in C’River, Ebonyi

Richard Ajah, chief executive officer, El-kanis and Partners says the Sustainable Agriculture Programme for Rural Livelihood (SAPRUL) is targeting over 7,000 farmers in Cross River and Ebonyi States.

Ajah, who stated this in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, lamented that the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict has negatively impacted many African countries, including Nigeria.

As a result, he said prices of rice and maize have gone up in the last six months, and to this end, SAPRUL is to upscale the average yield of maize in Cross River and Ebonyi from 1.8mt/ha to 3.6mt/ha and rice from 2mt/ha to 3mt/ha.

According to Ajah, El-kanis and Partners will provide support to 4,000 maize farmers and 3,000 rice farmers for increased productivity and product supply. He added that Nigeria was also experiencing a decline in the already low output of its two major staple foods – rice and maize due to COVID 19.

Ajah, who spoke during a stakeholders’ meeting with farmers from Cross River, Akwa Ibom, and Ebonyi, said already, 1,100 farmers have been trained in Cross River and Ebonyi. He said over 1.419 metric tonnes of maize have been planted in Cross River and Ebonyi State, while 4.540 metric tonnes of rice would be planted in the next two months

He also said 870 farmers have been trained out of which 520 are youths, including 439 farmers trained for maize farming.

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