Kano farmers trained on the use of seed planters to reduce drudgery
Mechanization has been recognized as an essential factor in agriculture development efforts to save labor and time in many farming operations for smallholder farmers. The hand-operated portable seeding machine used for sowing cowpea seeds in large and small fields can reduce labor costs for farmers.
Toward helping smallholder farmers to reduce labor costs and drudgery on their farms, IITA Kano Station, in collaboration with partners from Bayero University Kano (BUK) and Kano State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KNARDA), organized a training program for farmer-seed producers on the use of the hand-push manual seeder (HPMS). The training focused on female farmers in the establishment of cowpea and soybean seed farms.