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Overview of RiceAdvice scaling out activities at the Kano ricehub, Nigeria 2017


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Overview of RiceAdvice scaling out activities at the Kano ricehub, Nigeria 2017

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Overview of RiceAdvice scaling out activities at the Kano ricehub, Nigeria 2017

  1. 1. OVERVIEW OF RA SCALING OUT ACTIVITIES AT THE KANO RICEHUB NIGERIA-2017 Tarfa B.D. Institute for Agricultural Research Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Nigeria 1
  2. 2. PARTNERS • CURRENT – KNARDA – NCRI • FUTURE -SG 2000 -USAID Markets Projects -IFDC-Nigeria -Seed companies -Local authorities -Local Media organizations 2
  3. 3. TRAININGS • 101 (Youth, EAs, IP and Notore staff were trained on RA • 75 service providers planned and recruited • 75 participated RA and Data collection (ODK) • Bagwai 17 • Bunkure 14 • Kura 16 • Garin Mallam 16 • Warawa 12 • Total 75 3
  4. 4. Service Providers • All service providers were males • No female service provider was engaged because females are not allowed to visit and interact with freely • There are suggestions that women service providers should be recruited to provider RA for women • This is being considered for the scaling up by interested partners 4
  5. 5. RA Farmers Distribution in Nigeria • Kano alone constituted 33% of Nigerian Data No RiceAdvice site No of RA data synchronized with server 1 Jigawa 3182 2 Kano 4741 3 Kebbi 2454 4 Kogi 969 5 Lafia 823 6 Niger 2155 14324Total 5
  6. 6. Analysis RA Farmers In Kano • 98 % were males • 2 % were females • Low female participation is because they are not allowed to be engaged freely in farming activities because of religious and cultural believes. • However, training female service providers may improve women participation in the adoption of RA 6
  7. 7. MONITORINGS • 3 monitoring trips were conducted by Kokou & Tarfa • 2 monitoring tours were conducted by Tarfa alone • Few ODK had problems with the soft ware and were re-installed during the monitoring tours 7
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  9. 9. Remaining activities • Currently soil sampling is going on and will be completed by 1st week of March, 2017 • Collections and delivery of the soil samples to the appropriate laboratory • Workshop for development of strategy to scale up RA is planned for 27th February to 1st March 2017 9
  10. 10. SUCCESS STORIES • Service provider from warawa bought and android phone to download RA for personal use • Service provider procured a piece of land using remunerations gotten from the Japan project • 75 youth obtained knowledge and capacity to use android phones for RA, GPS, ODK, Distance and area measurement. • Many farmers said RA increased their rice yield and decreased amount of fertilizer used. 10
  11. 11. SUCCESS STORIES • Federal Department of Agricultural extension (FDAE) Abuja has requested for me on RA for possible inclusion in the national extension systems. • The National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison services (NAERLS) ABU Zaria, which has national mandate for research in extension methodologies has also shown interest in the use of the RA tool by the institute. • Local authorities commended RA team members for keeping to time on appoinments 11
  12. 12. SUCCESS STORIES • International organizations (IPNI) are studying what we doing with RA for possible development of similar tools for maize (TAMASA). 12
  13. 13. Planning for coming season • USAID Markets project have requested for training of 23 staff (7th-11th March is fixed for this training) • SG, 2000 and other seed companies may take up the scaling up of RA for their farmers (clarification may come during workshop) • Target area is Kano rice hub 13
  14. 14. CONSTRAINTS • Cost of android phones and tablets may limit access to the RiceAdvice tool. • The cost of RiceAdvice service is not yet ascertained • About 2-3 tablets were bad • Lost of installed programme on tablet (RA & ODK) • 3 tablets were faulty at the point of collection 14
  15. 15. Conclusions • RA offers great opportunity for improving rice yield in farmers’ fields in Kano state, Nigeria • Sustainable out-scaling mechanism (e.g. business model development including youth linking with other agricultural services) can be sustain the delivery of RA to farmers. 15
  16. 16. THANK YOU 16