SESER AGRICULTURE PROGRAMME
SESER Agric programmes, Promotes the production and marketing of hybrids and productive varieties through women who are into agro business; This Provide support such as access to seed companies to produce and market good quality hybrid maize, ground nut and Sorghum seeds; Conduct extensive demonstrations of improved seed with fertilizer and other management practices; stress tolerant and nutrient efficient maize hybrids and promiscuously modulating Sorghum in multi-location and on-farm trials in coloration of other major seed companies.
In Nigeria, crops and livestock are considered together because of the tendency for most of the farmers to practice livestock and crops husbandry simultaneously . desert encroachment pest attacks and other factors are negatively impacting on livestock production. A thriving livestock value chain could have been another major source of foreign exchange for the smallholder farmers. While cultivation of mixed crops is touted as the best option for food security in the Nigeria today , a lot of focus is now being placed on the reduction of post-harvest losses that are linked to poor handling and aflatoxins. Farmers incur heavy losses every year as a result of aflatoxin contamination.
The Society for Empowerment and Self Reliance (SESER) and RegioDev Africa (RDA) are working with women farmers in 3 States in Nigeria namely Nassarwa, Niger and Akwa Ibom. The two organizations provide them with technical advice on how to properly plant crops and also train them on post-harvest handling techniques. This includes training on proper harvesting, drying of cereals before
storage in aerated granaries or rooms to avoid aflatoxin contamination; safe processing and packaging of maize, Sorghum, Millet and groundnut products and marketing. This initiative has benefited both the urban and rural sectors and provides technical requirements for speeding up economic growth and the development of rural areas in the three states. SESER and RDA also equip the women groups with the right financial management skills and link them with financial institutions to secure agricultural credit that enables them transform their small scale farm enterprises into profitable agribusinesses thanks to proper post-harvest handling, value addition and better marketing of their products. Our intervention is in line with the Government policy seeking to attain food security , create thousands of jobs in agribusiness and industrialize the Nigerian economy .
Groundnut is one of the crops that are grown abundantly in Nigeria. Groundnut oil is also one of the edible oils that is in very high demand in the country . Women farmers have traditionally
harvested groundnut by loosening the soil using forked hand hoes and pulling them out. This method does not guarantee successful harvests and often damages the nuts. SESER is promoting various designs of equipment to assist women in properly harvesting and processing groundnuts.
The sorghum or millet in Nigeria, is usually stored in small quantities in traditional granaries, often on the farm/farm house. Accumulated and bulk storage is seldom in rural areas. SESER is working to change this trend, encouraging women to diversify their crop mix to achieve food and nutrition security at household, community and ultimately state level. SESER’s Women Farmer In Food Security
(W AFS) initiative aims to bridge the incomes gap between rural and urban areas by promoting agriculture as a business thereby reducing rural-urban migration.
Though still in its pilot phase in the three states, the initiative has also brought about an increase in the level of employment, improvement in the economic empowerment of women. We hope to scale up and scale out this initiative, also encouraging more youth to engage in profitable agricultural value chains. Extraction of oil from groundnut is also one of the projects that can contribute to the economic development of Nigeria. This means
that raw materials for the processing of groundnut oil are readily available. Establishment of small groundnut oil processing plants contributes immensely to the development of ground nut value
chain, reducing post-harvest losses, and feeding an insatiable ground oil market. Ground nut is a multipurpose crop and SESER is encouraging women farmers to produce more to advantage of the ready market.