State Agricultural Development Programme

Achievements:

  • Supported the Biometric Data capturing of farmers in the state which enables small scale farmers access inputs directly from the suppliers at subsidized rates under the National Agricultural Payment Initiative, NAPI which is a modified Growth Enhancement Support Scheme. The sum of twenty-eight million naira was spent while a total of 800,000 famers were successfully registered in the state;
  • Procured over 20,000 metric tons of assorted fertilizer worth 2 billion naira was distributed to farmers across the state in the 2015-2016 farming season;
  • Keyed into the federal government’s Anchor Borrowers programme for rice, wheat and maize production. Already, 8,000 farmers in the state have been registered to participate which is ongoing and the sum of 194,570,000 has so far been spent for the purchase of equipment/materials and training of extension workers.
  • Purchased agrochemicals and equipment worth 28,327,000 to serve as buffer stock for the control of agricultural pest and diseases;
  • Establishment of China/Nigeria Junaco Technological Development Site/Research for Mushroom farming in Toro local government area;
  • Repaired 29 tractors at the cost of 17,832,500:00 naira through direct labour;
  • Fisheries law 1997 has been amended and a new passed by the Bauchi State House of Assembly and assented to by His Excellency which allows for enforcement and protection of water bodies as well as fish and other aquatic animals, while generating more revenues to the state;
  • Following the outbreak of Black Quarter and Heart water disease from Gadiya and Udubo districts of Gamawa local government area in August 2015, the sum of six hundred thousand (600,000:00) was released for the containment of the outbreak;
  • Avian influenza control project depopulated 39 affected farms in Toro and Bauchi local government areas between 2015 and 2017. The sum of one million naira, three hundred and forty-one thousand, five hundred and fifty naira (1,341,550:00) was released by the state government in carrying out the exercise. Out of the 39 affected farms, 20 were compensated by the federal government and 19 are awaiting;
  • Gave its usual support and assistance to the federal government to curtail the outbreak of Quelea Birds in some local government areas of the State by purchasing agrochemicals worth six million, three hundred and ninety thousand naira (6,390,000:00);
  • Over four million naira was generated as revenue to the State from the subsidized tractor hiring services in 2016 farming season;
  • Government established 33 hectares of orchad and 20 hectares of woodlot plantations under the Great Green Wall programme in the implementing local government areas of Katagum, Jama’are and Gamawa;
  • Over twenty-eight million naira was expended for the purchase of chemicals and equipment for the control of quelea birds and other pests in the state in 2016;
  • Over six million naira was also expended as support contribution to the federal government for aerial spray to control quelea birds in the state;
  • A training workshop for enumerators on canoes registration was organized by the federal department of fisheries, Abuja in conjunction with the state government for 40 enumerators. The benefits of canoe registration include training fishermen to increase their skills, increased access to credits, security identification of offenders, strengthening networking of fisherman in sharing information, concern and experiences.
  • Provision of livestock extension services to livestock and poultry farmers across the state on modern techniques of livestock and poultry production. The ministry, in collaboration with Growth and Empowerment in States (GEMS4) and Animal Care have conducted about 31 step down trainings in the 20 LGAs where about five thousand, six hundred and seventy-five farmers (5,675) were trained on modern Ruminant Fattening method and about 200 veterinary and para veterinary staff, 582 farmers (533 male and 49 female) farmers were inducted in the programme with the total number of 1,496 (consisting of 1,087 small ruminants and 409 large ruminants). This is a poverty alleviation and job creation programme;
  • The Lake Chad Basin Commission in conjunction with the state government has constructed 4 earthen fish ponds, provided security house, stocked 20,000 fish, provided 120 bags of fish feeds as at date, provided 4 generator sets, drilled 4 tube wells to the benefitting communities of Itas, Sakuwa, Katagum and Piro in Bauchi state;
  • Installed automatic weather monitoring situation at the Bauchi State College of Agriculture under the Rep-Sahel Project to support sustainable development;
  • Provided over 12,000 seedlings of date palm for distribution and planting in the Great Green Wall corridor;
  • Constructed skills acquisition centre at Chinade village to train youth at the Great Green Wall corridor;
  • Launched tree planting campaign at Dungude, Katagum LGA and distribution of assorted tree seedlings for distribution;
  • Drilled six solar and three wind powered boreholes in some of these areas;
  • Distributed 300 desks and assorted exercise books to primary schools at support zone communities of Lame-Burra Game Reserve by National Parks Service in collaboration with Bauchi State government under the Bring Trust Fund Project;
  • Procured and distributed improved inputs for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, launched by Governor Abubakar;
  • Procured and distributed 50 motorcycles as revolving fund to extension staff and enumerators for the effective conduct of official duties in addition to 22 number provided by Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda;
  • Inputs (fertilizer, improved seeds & agrochemicals) for quarter hectare each were purchased and distributed free to 3800 farmers to demonstrate proven technologies for mass adoption across the State;
  • Sponsored, produced and aired state and national radio and television agricultural programmes on weekly basis (FRCN Kaduna, BRC, Globe FM, NTA Bauchi and BATV) while some of our activities are covered by international media such as VOA, BBC, RFI, DW, Hamada International and Radio Iran International as news and programme items;
  • Inputs (fertilizer, improved seeds & agrochemicals) were purchased and distributed free to 550 dry season farmers to demonstrate proven technologies on groundnuts and rice mass adoption across the state;
  • Supported and facilitated the registration of farmers under the Nigerian Agricultural Payment Initiative (NAPI);
  • Prepared and conducted 10 Monthly Technology Review Meetings in collaboration with Lake Chad Research Institute (LCRI) and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, ATBU Bauchi. Attendance of 1,000 professional was recorded;
  • Conducted 5 pre-season trainings to different categories of agricultural staff such as Extension Agents, Enumerators and Research Agents;
  • Conducted periodic supervisions to field staff for the improvement of effectiveness in service delivery of the organization in the State;
  • Promoted the adoption of early maturing varieties of crops like maize, rice, sorghum, groundnut, soybeans, ginger and millet sourced from Research institutes;
  • Organized and conducted farmers 42 mini field days for wet and dry season’s crop farmers. The dry season field days were mainly on groundnut field and in collaboration with IITA and ICRISAT;
  • Sourced and distributed 82 and 3.5 metric tons of Certified and Foundation seeds respectively of maize, sorghum and rice to farmers in collaboration with West African Agricultural Productivity Programme to boost farmers’ productivity;
  • Trained 53 local drillers across the State leading to the drilling of 379 successful wash bores in the State;
  • Attended and presented papers in the 2016 Lake Chad Research Institute (LCRI) in-house review meeting and Northeast zonal REFILLS workshop held at LCRI, Maiduguri;
  • Repaired 15 hand fitted boreholes in collaboration with African Development Bank/Community Based Agricultural Programme (AfDB/CBARDP) while BSADP drilled additional 2 and rehabilitated 20 kilometers feeder roads in the 3 out of the 9 participating local government areas;
  • In collaborated with OLAM Nigeria Limited, BSADP facilitated and boosted sesame production which led to Bauchi State being first leading producer nationwide from 7th position previously, according to USAID MARKETS which led to increase in farmers’ income;
  • With increased intent in off farm agricultural activities among women folk and youth in the State BSADP constructed and equipped Skilled Acquisition Centre at the BSADP headquarters to cater for value addition technologies (crop, livestock and fisheries) for income generation and nutritional value, leather works, (shoes and bags) bedding work, seat cover works, sewing or knitting and crop processing technology for reductions of drudgery in addition to other petty trade technology;
  • In collaboration with Purdue University USA and IITA, BSADP encouraged the use of hermetic storage technology using Purdue Improved Crops Storage (PICS) bags (over 5,000 PICS Bags);
  • Renovated 3 out of 22 farm service centers in addition to 2 out of 3 zonal offices across the State;
  • Though our mandate Research Institute is Lake Chad Research Institute, (LCRI), BSADP also linked with other research institutes such as Institute of Agricultural Research, (IAR), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, (IITA), National Veterinary Research Institute, (NVRI), Nigerian Agricultural Stored Produce Research Institute, (NASPRI), International Crop Research Institute for Sub Arid Tropics, (ICRISAT) among others for farmers’ production constraints solving;
  • Generated data for report writing and consumption by agricultural policy makers, Research Insemination (AI) using the leftover of semen of other states provided by CBARDP;
  • Promoted the upgrading of 52 local cattle breed through Artificial Insemination (AI) using leftover of semen of other states provided by CBARDP;
  • Purchased and distributed On Farm Adoptive Research (OFAR) inputs (organic and inorganic fertilizer, improved seeds and pesticides) for trials across the state;
  • Hosted and participated in one and participated in 3 other Northeast Zonal Steering Committee Meeting with ADPs and LCRI conducted on quarterly basis where agricultural problems and achievements were discussed across the zone;
  • Collaborated with IITA and Integrated Striga Management in Africa (ISMA) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 5 LGAs while BSADP scaled to the remaining 15 LGAs to cover the whole state to reduce the menace of STRIGA in framers’ field;
  • Constructed fish ponds to farmers field schools under the National Programme for Food Security (NPFS) in 2 of the participating communities;
  • Attended and presented paper at the annual cropping scheme and REFILLS meeting held at Zaria.
  • Other achievements recorded under the period under review resulting from funding by the Bauchi State Government through its extension arm of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme are as follows:
  • To mitigate the effects of shorter rainfall season as a result of climate change, new improved varieties were introduced through demonstrations resulting to higher yields which invariably improved food security and farmers’ income;
  • Diversification in dry season farming through the introduction of groundnut and rice farming provided an alternative source of livestock feeds; reduced postharvest loss of perishable goods like tomato and increased farmers’ income;
  • As a result of the implementation of ISMA project in collaboration with IITA, there was a reduction of striga menace that previously caused 50-100 % loss of yields to farmers. This has helped in boosting the productivity of maize, cowpea and sorghum;
  • Enhanced community health through the provision of portable drinking water by drilling boreholes, tube wells and provision of water pumps thus higher agricultural productivity by farmers;
  • Improved accessibility of rural communities and eased movement of goods and services within and outside the State through feeder road construction;
  • Public enlightenment on improved agricultural technologies through radio and television programmes led to increased production and the zeal to engage into various agricultural subsectors activities by members of the public especially youth and women;
  • Generated agricultural data by the planning, monitoring and evaluation department helped in decision making and agricultural policy formulation by policy makers;
  • There was drastic increase in number of visits to farmers by extension staff as a result of motorcycles distributed;
  • Improvement of staff performance through monitoring and supervision of staff official activities;
  • Increase in patronage of farm service centers by the farmers after renovation of some centers in the State and conducive working environment was also provided to the extension staff at the renovated centers;
  • Famers’ diversification into different agricultural subsectors has increased their productivity and income levels;
  • Reduction in circulation and consumption of cowpea and other agricultural products treated with non-recommended chemicals due to the introduction of PICS bags;
  • Improved dry season production of assorted crops including groundnuts invariably increased animal feed source, farmers’ income and general livelihood of the participating farmers;
  • Increased involvement of youth, women and vulnerable groups in agricultural activities in the State;
  • Increase in solving farmers’ problems through linkages with Research Institutions;
  • Increased source of protein, awareness and job creation as well as income generation among beneficiaries.
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