The Synergos Nigeria, an NGO, says it has trained 40 stakeholders in the agriculture sector with the essential agricultural commodity marketing knowledge and skills.
The Field Manager of the organisation, Mr Victor Adejoh, said this on Monday at the Training Workshop on Agricultural Commodities and Export in Abuja.
Adejoh, who said the workshop aimed at opening market opportunity for farmers across the country, said participants were drawn from three states: Benue, Kogi and Kaduna.
“The workshop is an avenue to provide participants with the essential agricultural commodity marketing knowledge and skills.
“It is also meant to expose participants to modalities of the exchange market and how to trade agricultural commodities.
“This we believe will expand market and provide more income for our small-holder farmers,’’ he said.
According to him, Synergos Nigeria is a global non-profit Organisation working in Kogi, Benue and Kaduna, with special intervention on rice and cassava production in the country.
Adejoh said the organisation was working on the platform of the agricultural vision group and the agricultural innovation group.
“We have participants from the Ministry of Agriculture in the states and crop and commodities association such as cashew, rice and cassava.
“The training will improve the quality of agricultural commodities to enhance the space at the international market for crops or agricultural commodities from Nigeria,’’ he said.
Mr Benson Lawal, General Manager (operations), Nigeria Commodity Exchange, stressed the need for cooperatives to be strengthened for effective and massive crop production.
Lawal also said cooperatives needed capacity building and assistance from government to function effectively.
“This has to come in cash and in kind but donor agencies have to intervene. Various finance departments have to come in to strengthen cooperatives in every sector of agricultural managing space.
“If we are looking at elevating poverty in this country, cooperatives formation will be a very good vehicle to achieving that,’’ he said.
According to him, it is easier for cooperatives to access better market than individual farmer, saying that individual farmer has low output to sell.
Dr Kadijat Abdulaziz, Head of Quality Control, Nigeria Commodity Exchange, called on quality certification of agro commodity, especially grains, for marketing.
Abdulaziz said the parameters to achieve food security should not be compromised, adding that “this will enhance productive and encourage foreign markets.