Agriculture : Kaduna, Lagos, Others Benefit From $200m World Bank Intervention
Kaduna State government has benefited from the 200 million dollars World Bank intervention project to enhance agro-processing productivity of small and medium scale farmers and improve value addition along priority value chains in the area of dairy ,ginger and maize for the state .
Other States that benefited are Lagos, Kano, Cross River, Kogi and Enugu states.
In a chat with journalists shortly after the opening ceremony of a one-day sensitization workshop in Kaduna on Wednesday, the State Coordinator of the Project, Dr. Yahya Aminu who disclosed this said the project is in line with the Agricultural Promotion Policy.
According to him, Agro-processing ,Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project is a developed by Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in collaboration with the world Bank .
The project he further explained ,is in line with the Agricultural Promotion Policy ,”The Green Alternative “that focuses on food security ,local production ,job creation and economic diversification.
The participating states will produce dairy, ginger, tomato , cassava ,rice ,cocoa ,cashew ,wheat , poultry, aquaculture and maize value chains .
“This would achieved through supporting farmers’ productive and linkage to markets ,facilitating consolidation of agricultural products and cottage processing , facilitating farmers and small and medium businesses clustering and connection to infrastructure network and business services .” he added .
While noting that the project targets 10,000 direct beneficiaries and 50, 000 indirect beneficiaries in Kaduna state, he said 35 per cent of the beneficiaries will be women while five to 10 will be people with disabilities.
In his opening remarks, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State and Chairman State Steering Committee of the Project , Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex said ,Kaduna State Government is recording landmark achievements in its drive to promote agriculture in the State .
Bantex ,who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, AbdulKadir Kasim lauded the timing of the project, adding that it is coming at a time that the Federal Government is working diligently to transform the economy.