The World Bank has supported 10, 845 farmers under the FADAMA III Additional Financing project in Kano State in the last 10 months.
Mr Sha’aibu Sulaiman, the state project coordinator, made the disclosure in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.
Suleiman said the support was rendered after signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Dangote Tomato Company and Fadama Production Cluster Group on profitable marketing of tomato.
He said that 1, 575 of the beneficiaries were women engaged in agriculture, 585 youth and 8, 685 male.
“The project similarly, in 2016 cropping season, recorded a disbursement of N89, 195 billion for rice, sorghum and tomato production groups.
“Sorghum and rice farmers were equally well linked to Grand Cereal, a popular rice farm off-takers, and Honeywell Company, demanding 150,000 metric tones from fadama farmers in Kano.
“In its effort to meet up with the project objective of providing employment to youth, the project has prepared four youth spraying groups, comprising of ten members each, to earn N58,500 monthly.”
According to him, the project has built the capacity of farmers to ensure more efficiency in production.
Suleiman said this was done through sustained enlightenment of farmers across the eight production clusters of rice, sorghum and tomato.
He added that 20 youth and women processing groups were also formed under the project.
The coordinator said that “eight groups were supported with tricycles and processing machines and another eight groups of tomato farmers supported with crates.
“Kano has been found to possess a comparative advantage of large irrigable land and irrigation facilities, high production potentials and large market.
“Kadawa alone has the largest producers of tomato in Nigeria.
“This provided Kano with an advantage to promote sorghum, rice, and tomato value chain over other core states.”
NAN reports that Kano state is among the six core states chosen to participate in the project and is the only state handling sorghum, rice and tomato value chain. (NAN)