Improving productivity and efficiency along the agricultural value chain in Kano State
IITA and partners organized a seed fair from 10 to 18 May at Kano Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KNARDA) Headquarters and KNARDA Zonal offices in Kano metropolis, Northern Nigeria. The fair provided farmers with quality seeds of market-preferred, improved major crop varieties and other agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, animal feed, and small-scale machinery at affordable prices from genuine sources for efficient use and agricultural extension services.
The IITA-Kano Station exhibition showcased improved crop varieties that the institute promotes in the region. Among the most notable were the improved seed varieties of cowpea, soybean, and maize. Information materials on improved crop management and IITA’s work to support farmers with new technologies to help farmers realize high yields were also available.
The six-day event attracted over 2,881 attendees, including researchers, seed companies, input suppliers, farmers, processors, buyers of improved seed, community leaders, and service providers. The fair was officially opened at each center by the District Head of the Local Government Areas.