Millet breeders visit ICRISAT Kano, Nigeria
Niamey) and Ignatius Angarawai (Nigeria National Millet Breeder, LCRI Maiduguri) visited ICRISAT Kano and on-farm millet and sorghum ISSFM trials in Kano and Jigawa States of Nigeria from 28-29 September 2012.
The scientists were taken around the fields by Mallam Gujungu, Extension Officer of Green Sahel Agricultural and Rural Development Initiative (GSARDI), a collaborating NGO in the State. They visited millet agronomy, groundnut varietal screening and agronomy, sorghum breeding and agronomy trials. In Jigawa State, they met with women processors and farmer groups in Gambawa village.
During the discussions, farmers conveyed to them that low soil fertility and Striga infestation in sorghum, millet and cowpea were major constraints to greater productivity. They visited ISSFM plots of sorghum and millet which showed significant growth following improved treatment over local practices even at the vegetative stage. The farmers thanked Dr Hash, ICRISAT and GSARDI for the improved seeds and training and promised to adopt and spread the technologies they were being exposed to.