IAA, CADL Partnership: Second phase of input financing for farmers begins
In continuation of input financing for 259 maize and rice farmers in Gombi and Song Local Government Areas of Adamawa State, the USAID-funded Feed the Future Nigeria Integrated Agriculture Activity (IAA), and Capital Agricultural Development Limited (CADL), commenced the second phase of the exercise in July.
During the first phase, the farmers received certified rice and maize seed and some herbicides to aid their 2022 wet season farming. For the second phase of the input financing activity, each farmer received four bags of fertilizers, four liters of post-emergence herbicide, fungicide, and insecticide suited for their rice and maize plants. This will help the selected farmers increase productivity and reduce the purchase cost of farm inputs during the planting season.
The input financing activity also addresses the issue of fake or poor-quality inputs encountered by these farmers in Adamawa State.
The farmers are expected by the project to deliver four bags of grain after harvest asides from the overall produce harvested for the season. Input financing is one of the ways through which the Activity supports over 60,000 smallholder farmers trained in Climate Smart and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in both Adamawa and Borno states.