Ten thousand smallholder farmers in Kebbi have been targeted to benefit from a package of agricultural inputs such as fertilizer, seeds,agro chemicals , training and financial support as loan in order to improve productivity.
The scheme tagged “ AGRIBOOSTER “ was launched on Thursday in Kalgo local government area of Kebbi state anchored by Office Cherifien des Phosphate (OCP),one of the world largest phosphate fertilizer company based in Morocco in collaboration with AFEX , OXFAM , LAPO who will provide accessible market for the produce, training to the farmers and financial loan to the farmers respectively.
Other partners Syngenta Nigeria Limited and Global Fertile Fields Limited (GFFL). In his speech at the launching of the program, Mr. Caleb Usoh, the country manager of OCP in Nigeria said the OCP Agribooster offer is an inclusive end to end value chain solution that brings together actors that influence the conditions necessary for the perennial increase of farmers yields and revenues.
He said also that 4000 smallholder rice farmers in Suru, Argungu, Birnin Kebbi communities of Kebbi have been targeted for Dry Season rice farming for support.
According to him , after taking the package , farmers will repay back with their yields at harvest . “ We are targeting 50,000 farmers in 5 states , Kaduna,Jigawa,Katsina,Niger and Kebbi in 2018 dedicated to transforming Nigerian smallholder farming enterprises to to a modern,more productive and sustainable model,” he said.
The programme manager, Kebbi Agricultural Development Authority (KARDA) , Sanusi Illo who represented the commissioner of Agriculture , expressed gratitude for the program.
He also expressed optimism that the program which includes training will be an added impetus to the President’s economic diversification agenda while advising farmers to be honest in paying back their loans for others to benefit.