The of the central bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele unveils the second national maize pyramids under the MAAN-CBN Anchor Borrowers’ Programme in Kaduna State on 24th March 2022.
The maize revolution was initiated over six years ago under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP), with the overall objectives of facilitating food security.
Prior to CBN’s initiation of the maize revolution under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, growth of maize production in Nigeria has been largely due to the increase in hectares of cultivated land and not the yields per hectare.
To address the yield challenge, CBN developed a framework for the participation of some seed companies in the 2021 wet season farming under the ABP, to produce hybrid seeds that will guarantee high yield for farmers under the programme.
CBN is partnering with Flour Mills Nigeria and technical experts to introduce Good Agronomic Practices (GAP) through practical farm demonstration to farmers and extension workers, aimed at improving the yield of maize per hectare from an average of 2.5 tonnes per hectare to 6 tonnes per hectare.