LFN AGRICULTURAL TRAINING SCHOOL, PANDA, KANO STATE
In 1996, the Kano State Government approached the Foundation with a request to establish an Agricultural Training School in the state on a joint-venture basis. The MOU was signed in 1998 and the school became operational that same year.
The school is established on the premises of the former ‘Animal Traction Training Institute’ in Panda village of Albasu Local Government Area of Kano State. It is located at a distance of about 356km from Abuja and 80km south-east of Kano municipal, along Kano-Maiduguri highway. The School has about 150 hectares of arable farmland with 10 hectares of irrigated farmland/fadama for demonstration and training. This allows the School to crop all through the year.
The School is located in an agro-ecological zone with an annual rainfall of between 500mm and 600mm during a mono-modal period from May to October, allowing for one rainfed cropping season although dry season farming is prominent between November and April.
The terrain is flat with sandy-loam soil, which is suitable for the production of the main agricultural crops grown in the semi-arid savanna region of Nigeria. Examples of such crops include; millet, sorghum, maize, groundnut, soybean, cowpea, wheat (in fadama) etc. Cattle, sheep and goats are the major livestock kept by the school.
- Crop: Sorghum, millet, rice, cowpea, groundnut, assorted vegetables.
- Agroforestry: Date palm seedlings production, assorted seedlings orchard crops, orchard plantation, bee keeping, etc.
- Livestock: Poultry, rabbit, cattle, sheep and goat, fish farming.
- RED: ‘Tomapepo’ production, batik, tie and dye production, confectionaries production, etc.
- Engineering: Simple tool fabrication
Dry Season Farming:
a. The School has about 20ha of land under irrigation. The fenced irrigation land has water facility.
b. Wheat is one of the major crops cultivated under the yearly dry season farming of the School. About 5ha of wheat is cultivated annually.
c. Other crops cultivated by the School under dry season farming are tomatoes, onions, okra and leafy vegetables.
d. Of recent cowpea and groundnut have been successfully cultivated under the School dry season farming.
The School under the rural enterprise development activities developed simple technology for processing and preserving blended tomatoes, pepper and onions. This simple technology makes use of principle of pasteurization.
Yearly, thousands of kilograms of blended tomatoes, pepper and onions nick named “Tomapepo” and “Sarkin Miya” meaning ‘King of Soup’ in Hausa language are produced.
Panda School has spread this technology to all the 44 local government in Kano State by training two women representatives from each of the 44 local government areas of Kano State.
Tomapepo production apart from being a good source of revenue is a good way of tackling yearly post harvest losses in tomato production. The technology of its production is very simple that even illiterate house wives could easily adopt and ensure yearly regular supply of tomatoes in paste form to their household.
Km 80, Kano – Dutse- Maiduguri Road
Panda, Albasu Local Government Area
P. M. B. 3555
Kano, Kano State