With the present state of agriculture in need of critical elevation in Nigeria, the World Bank has thought it wise to come up with a sensitisation programme in collaboration with the Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture to enlighten small and medium scale farmers on the adaptation of modern trends of cultivation applied to upscale agricultural productivity.
The one-day sensitisation programme, held at New Choice Auditorium, Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area (LGA), was mainly organised for the grassroots as its main target seeks to boost agricultural production in the state, which tallies with the theme of the meeting tagged; Agro-processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Support Project (APPEALS).
The Project Coordinator, Yahaya Aminu, disclosed the objective of the project which he claimed was to uplift productivity in the agro-sector (categorically small and medium scale farmers) and improve value addition along priority value chains agro produces such as; in maize, ginger and dairy.
According to him, to make this move by the world’s topmost financial institution and the Kaduna State’s Ministry of Agriculture a reality, the needs to render essential support to farmer’s productivity and their linkage to markets, facilitating consolidation of agricultural products and cottage processing must be implemented.
“It would also facilitate small and medium scale farmers, and medium businesses clustering and connection to infrastructure and network, as well as business services,” Aminu said.
On the other hand, Chairman of Zangon Kataf (L.G.A) Local Government Area, Elias Manza, further persuaded those present at the meeting to take maximum advantage of the opportunity designed to boost agricultural production, in addition to its economic value, which would be fruitful to the state as well as to the nation’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
“Let us also extend all acquired knowledge to those who are not privilege to be here,” Manza said.
He called on the organisers to extend the project beyond the zonal to local government levels, as the project was another avenue to improve people’s lives.
The meeting which was confirmed to have attracted an unprecedented number of participants also witnessed the presence of the Chairman of Jema’a LGA, Peter Averic who evaluated the gathering as a timely one, as he expressed his overwhelming satisfaction that the meeting would go a long way in informing and enlihhtening farmers on global best practices in mechanised farming.
Averik urged farmers and herdsmen to tolerate each other in other to enjoy the benefits the project and other related ones were offering.