Growing Golden Grains securing our future food security in Nigeria. – 3G’s Networking farming
I am Alabi Taiwo Jacob, a Nigerian and citizen by birth. I am 32 years old. A graduate of Agricultural Extension and Management from Federal College of Forestry, Ibandan Oyo state Nigeria. I worked as an extension/facilitator with world cocoa foundation/cocoa livelihood programme under the ministry of agriculture in my state where I trained 270 cocoa famers and 360 observers within a time frame on good agricultural practices (GAP) in cocoa production and revive hope in cocoa production in my state, Osun State Nigeria. Also worked with other farm enterprise before I started my own arable and vegetable farm on 13 acres of arable farm land.
This is as a result of my passion for integrated high-tech farming, and to train and empower good numbers of unemployed workable youths who have passion for farming. On my farm, I grown Golden Grains as a primary crops and I love growing it for its economic and nutritive value. Golden grains are either legumes like soybeans, beans and groundnut or cereal like maize, wheat, sorghum and the likes.
My project is tagged “Growing Golden Grains” (3G’s Networking Farming). This project will focus mainly on youth farmers in different rural communities in a selected growing regions to be actively and practically participate. The project will Create awareness, train and empower workable youth with passion for farming on growing golden grain for its economic importance and nutritional value.
For the first phase of this project, soybeans will be focus majorly and I choose it for its economic importance, nutritional value and high demand in the market in the midst of lesser grower and least supply in my region south-west Nigeria, compare to other grains. Soybean is been produce for its edible oil, feed mill uses soybean cake in feed formulation for livestock, soybean meal/flour is incorporated into infant food to increase their protein contents to fight against malnutrition, it is a cheap source of protein from plant compare to conventional livestock products which its price has risen beyond the reach of ordinary man in Nigeria.
Growing communities with a favorable climatic conditions for soybeans growing will be selected and 50 experienced youth farmers with at least 5acres of plough able farmland for growing soybeans will be selected from all the communities, trained and empower to grow soybeans. The farmers will be supply with the inputs and provided with the technical know-how needed and monitor for the success of this project. At least, 2-3tons of soybeans is expected from an harvest of 2½ acres of soybeans farm. After harvest, the produce is then aggregated and purchase back from the farmers at the market price at the moment. All incurred cost on the production will be deduct from the sales. This project is realistic and sustainable as it continues to enroll new farmers and empower them yearly, increase famers income thereby improved their living standard and it also has a positive impact on the community as it gain new market, and being a nitrogen fixation plant, it improves the soil fertility.
I am motivated to do this project because there is a ready market for soybeans locally and international, even, the local market demand is yet to be met. And also motivated because of it nutritional value and cheap protein to fight against malnutrition.
Improved seed varieties with high yield potential will be source from a near by seed research institute which will be supply to the farmers/growers, the growers will be engage in one week training program on soybeans production prior the commencement of the project, there will be a weekly assessment, record and report from all the growing communities to monitor the crop’s growth and performance. As an extension worker/facilitator and soybeans grower, I believe I have every necessary tools to get this project started and to surely achieve our goals. Our goal is to produce up to 1000tons of soybeans within a growing season time frame which is four month, also to make a positive impact in the living standard of the grower and their community, and all these are measure by attaining our goals.
If anyone ask me how to use the $5000 grant, I will say; in training and empowerment of youth farmers in growing golden grains, source for high yielding soybeans varieties, logistic and managerial function of 3G’s networking farming project, awareness campaign, and to source for inputs and land preparation. This project has a time frame of six month from start to completion.
Blogpost and pictures submitted by Alabi Taiwo Jacob (Nigeria) – alabitaiwojay(at)gmail.com
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