The on-going nationwide registration of farmers in all 36 states and the FCT, Nigeria which started on Tuesday March 19, 2013 is targeted at capturing some 20 million farmers across the country, an official has said.
The exercise is part of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Agriculture Transformation Agenda and is aimed at registering genuine farmers across the country.
The benefits of registration as a farmer include provision of improved seedlings, fertilizers, tractor hiring facilities, provision of fingerling for fish farmers as well as granting of credit facilities.
According to Mr. Owoyale, who coordinates the exercise in Kwara State, the exercise, which commenced in 2012, is expected to register an estimated five million farmers yearly to meet up with 20 million target nationwide in 2015.
“The registration exercise is expected to take place across every ward in each of the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with particular emphasis on the grassroots where the bulk of local farmers reside.
The exercise which started on March 19, 2013 is expected to last for three weeks and end on April 9, 2013.
“This is the reason why the registration officers have been cautioned to exercise a little patience for the local farmers to return from their farms in the afternoon to be able to register,” he said.
The registration officers said they were forced to abandon their posts to embark on a house-to-house canvassing before farmers could come, which i will say is largely due to the lack of awareness about the registration program.
Requirements in getting registered.
1) You must be a Farmer (Crop farming or animal farming), no matter how small your farm is!
2) Posses a valid and recognized means of Identification(Govt ID: Voters Card, International Passport, Drivers License or Farmer’s cooperative ID Card)
3) A passport size photograph.
4) You should also know the size or approximate size of your farm before hand as you will be required to give this info.
Registration Points Nationwide:
As the time I compiled this report, there has not been any concrete information provided online as regards the registration areas or units where farmers can come and register. I can however reliably inform you that if you are in the Ipaja area of Lagos, you can register at P & T Quarters, opposite Customs Quarters.
However I noticed yesterday: 24th March, 2013 that there is a big poster stating that such registration is taking place in that area in the Yoruba Language, so be on the look out for such posters anywhere you stay in Nigeria so you can avail yourself and be registered in the program.
After the registration, you will be issued with an ID Card as above.
I encourage all Farmers, no matter how small the farm is to locate any Registration unit nearest to you with the required documents and register. Youths in particular who are into agriculture should be on the fore front to register, we need to prove to those who says that there are no youth farmers in Nigeria that we are not just here but we are Hyperactive!
I have received calls, e-mails and whatsapp chats on this subject matter. Please note that the information on this blog is the best I know on this subject matter. I do not work with FMARD and I cannot reliably inform anyone the registration centers or points in each state. However, I advise you join a farmer group or co-operative and ask your fellow farmers if they have registered and how they did so. Thanks.