TAAT hosts Nigerian Stakeholders in second Wheat Seed Production Workshop

TAAT hosts Nigerian Stakeholders in second Wheat Seed Production Workshop

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Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) will hold the second edition of its Training of Trainers Workshop on Wheat Seed Production from the 5th to the 6th of February 2024 in Kano, North-west Nigeria.

The ToT workshop brings together researchers, seed companies, community seed producers, farmers and development partners to brainstorm on innovative seed varieties and access and chart a roadmap for a robust wheat seed system in Nigeria.

The workshop, which is organised in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Kano State Government, the International Centre for Agriculture in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), and the Lake Chad Research Institute (LCRI) underlines TAAT’s focal commitment to transforming African food systems through the deployment of path-breaking technologies and sustainable seed systems. Other partners include the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC), the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) and the Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN).

Stakeholders expected at this workshop include the Kano state Governor, HE Abba Kabir Yusuf, Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, Hon Munir Baba Dan Agundi, former Chairman of Nigeria’s House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, Director of Agriculture and Agroindustry at the African Development Bank, Dr Martin Fregene, and the Director General of the African Development Bank’s Country Office in Nigeria, Mr Lamine Barrow.

According to the Head of the TAAT Clearinghouse, Dr Solomon Gizaw, the workshop’s goal is to facilitate a robust seed sector to provide adequate quality wheat seeds that are accessible and affordable to Nigerian farmers.

“Through this workshop, TAAT, alongside its partners, will identify challenges mitigating the wheat seed sector in Nigeria, the causes of seed mixtures along the seed value chain, the missing gaps in the seed development process, provide technical knowledge on wheat seed production, including quality seeds selection, good agronomic practices, and storage, and share knowledge on way forward for a sustainable wheat seed production in Nigeria,” Dr Gizaw said.

The workshop will enhance participants’ knowledge of wheat seed production, post-harvest handling and storage, Variety Maintenance and Early Generation Seed production, Marketing of wheat seeds and grains and on-farm visits to practically demonstrate improved production processes.

A key outcome envisaged for the workshop is the availability and affordability of quality wheat seeds in Nigeria through the acquisition of skills for quality seed production and capacity strengthening for seed companies and Community-based seed producers.

About TAAT

Launched in 2018 as part of the African Development Bank’s Feed Africa strategy, TAAT seeks to double the productivity of staple crops, livestock, and fisheries by making proven technologies available to more than 40 million agricultural producers by 2025. This will produce an additional 120 million tons of food.

To date, TAAT has deployed climate-resilient agricultural technologies and fertilisers to 13 million African farmers in 40 African countries to help boost the continent’s food production and food security.

TAAT has provided high-quality seeds, breeds, and fingerlings to beneficiaries in 40 countries, helping African food production increase by more than 12 million metric tonnes.

The programme has also financed the provision of heat-tolerant wheat varieties in Sudan and Ethiopia, reducing wheat import by 50% and expanding wheat cultivation to 400,000 hectares.

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