In the heart of Garin Ali Village, Kano State, Kubura Hassan’s agricultural journey has blossomed into a story of resilience and innovation. A 35-year-old mother and teacher, Kubura embarked on her farming venture six years ago, drawing inspiration from her husband’s rich agricultural knowledge.
Encountering challenges such as high costs and distant irrigation sources, Kubura’s determination to scale her farming practices into a thriving business remained unwavering. The turning point came when the HortiNigeria program introduced her women’s group, Nagarta Manoman Mata Garin Ali, to solar-powered irrigation pumps.
These innovative pumps represent a transition to clean energy, significantly reducing fuel costs and empowering Kubura and her fellow farmers to manage their time and resources more efficiently.
Prior to HortiNigeria’s intervention, solar irrigation was unfamiliar to Kubura and her women’s group. Through training provided by HortiNigeria, Kubura not only learned about the technology but also discovered its wide-ranging benefits, including a cleaner and healthier environment for her family and the entire community.
Armed with hope and sustainable technology, Kubura now aims to venture into tomato seedling production. This ambitious step signifies not only an enhancement of her productivity and income but also serves as a testament to her resilient spirit, inspiring her community and beyond. Kubura’s story goes beyond personal success; it is a shining example of how embracing innovation can pave the way for a brighter and more sustainable future.
HortiNigeria (2021-2025) is implemented by a consortium led by IFDC, including East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer (EWS-KT), Wageningen University and Research (WUR), and KIT Royal Tropical Institute, and is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria.