The Japanese International Cooperation Agency is providing 1,500 small-scale rice farmers in nine Nigerian states with certified seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides to help boost their agricultural production.
The country’s agriculture ministry will work closely with key stakeholders and the farmers to monitor the distribution and utilization of the inputs in the pilot states.
The aid also aims to support government efforts in reducing the impact of COVID-19 in the country.
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