Good news in the Nigerian agricultural sector as it has been announced that about 10,000 small scale farmers in Kaduna State are coming close to become beneficiaries of the World Bank Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project (APPEALS) in Africa.
Yahya Aminu who is the State Coordinator of the project exposed this during a one-day sensitization workshop on Policy Alignment and Collaboration in the implementation of APPEALS.
The World Bank project which was planned to revolve around six selected states is geared towards implementing the APPEALS programme through a $200 million grant as support to the benefitting states of the nation.
Subsequently, states such as Kaduna, Lagos, Kano, Cross River, Kogi and Enugu, are all expected to become beneficiaries of the grant coming from the world’s topmost financial institution who’s aims are to enhance the agro-processing, productivity and citizens standard of living in the country.
The State Coordinator shed more light on the project, explaining that it was in line with the Federal Government Agricultural Promotion Policy focusing local production, which will create a room for employment, economic diversification (allowing exploration into the agro sector to contribute its quota efficiently to the growth of the economy) and food security.
He noted that the project would not only improve value addition along priority value chains, including dairy, ginger and maize in Kaduna State, but also enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium scale farmers.
“This will be achieved through supporting farmers’ productivity and their linkage to markets.
“It will also facilitate agricultural products and cottage processing, facilitating farmers and small and medium businesses’ clustering and connection to infrastructure network and business services,“ he said.
He assured that 35 per cent of the beneficiaries would be women, while five to 10 per cent beneficiaries would be people with disabilities.
Aminu also stressed categorically that the project is targeting 10,000 direct beneficiaries and 50,000 indirect beneficiaries in northern state (Kaduna).