The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation- Water Enabler Compact (TAAT-WEC) has scaled out to not fewer than 600 farmers in Gumel Local Government Area of Jigawa State some In-situ rain water harvesting techniques to enhance sorghum production in the Sahel Savannah.
The techniques include tied ridging and double density planting with mulch furrow.
Speaking during the mini field day organised by the TAAT-WEC, the National Coordinator of the project in Nigeria, Prof. Henry Igbadun said the goal of TAAT-WEC project is to change the fortunes of farmers for the better in both rain fed and irrigation farming in the piloting states in the Northern Nigeria.
According to him, the TAAT-WEC project which has a life span of three years is focusing on scaling out innovations, tools, techniques and technologies for agricultural water management to farmers, training them on the technologies and best approaches to farming practices for high yield.
He said that TAAT-WEC is led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and funded by the African Development Bank.
“No doubt, the training of the farmers on water conservation to grow crops in the Sahel region where the rainfall is relatively shorter and erratic will go a long way to changing the narrative of farming for good”, he said.
Igbadun explained that the training has brought together farmers from across various benefiting communities whose knowledge on the new farming techniques were refreshed by the practical demonstration of the processes of conserving water to prevent crops from wilting as a result of erratic rainfalls.
Also in his remarks, the Managing Director, Jigawa State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (JARDA), Ahamed Mohammed-Adamu who commended the TAAT-WEC support in the state urged the farmers to embrace the new methods and enhance their agricultural practices for maximum benefits.
One of the beneficiaries and the Chairman All Farmers Association Gumel branch, Almu Dandada described the TAAT-WEC intervention as a turning point in the development of agriculture in Gumel.
He added that farmers stand a better chance to benefit maximally from agriculture through the new techniques of farming brought by TAAT-WEC.
Dignitaries at the field show who extolled the virtues of TAAT-WEC, The International Water Management Institute, Institute for Agricultural Research and most importantly the African Development Bank stated that if the tempo is maintained, Nigeria will achieve food security in no distance time.