APPEALS: More Kaduna Farmers’ll Be Trained ,Supported with Grants -Dr. Aminu
Dr. Yahaya Aminu centre during the press briefing
The Kaduna State Coordinator of Agro-Processing, Productivity, Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) ,Dr. Yahaya Aminu has said more farmers would be supported with trainings and grants from the World Bank this year .
According to him, APPEALS has mobilised over 25,090 farmers that have registered and indicated interest, noting that they belonged to 2,000 cooperatives and farmer cooperatives.
The State Project Coordinator, Dr. Yahaya Aminu ,who stated this when addressing Journalists on the activities of the Kaduna APPEALS Project in 2019 and the plans for the new 2020 also revealed that more women and youth ,including those with disability will benefit for APPEALS’ empowerment scheme in Kaduna.
He explained : “Under the project, we aim at supporting 1,700 women and youth with disability. We advertised for expression of interest and screened and verified applications and interviewed 3,000 shortlisted under the scheme.
“We have selected 1,700 beneficiaries, including applicants who have selected at least 10 different value chains.
“60 per cent are female, 35 per cent male and 5 per cent for people with disabilities and special needs.
“We intend to reach those successful through phone calls and their names will be displayed on the website. We I tend to commence training in ten batches for the beneficiaries.”
According to Dr. Aminu, “10,000 direct beneficiaries are to emerge from Kaduna with and the other participating states, while 50,000 indirect beneficiaries are to emerge from each of the States.
While reiterating that APPEALS is a World Bank supported project being implemented with FG and six states; Kaduna, Kano, Kogi, Lagos, Enugu and Cross River, he disclosed that 360,000 beneficiaries will emerge in all the APPEALS states.
He also said the 1,700 beneficiaries already selected in the State would soon be undergoing training.
On capacity training of beneficiaries , Dr. Aminu further said the national coordinator office in collaboration with the Kaduna State office has selected and accredited eight training institutions for the training of the successful candidates.
“We intend to train the successful candidates in ten batches. Giving them technical skills in agriculture, business skills, after which the World Bank will provide grants of a maximum of $10,000 dollars to each to establish.
“It is to drive agro promotion policy of Federal Government and diversify economy, improve livelihood of citizens. In Kaduna State we are working with the government of the state to transform agricultural from subsistence to sustainable.
“The value chains we are focusing on in Kaduna are, maize to promote food security, dairy to promote livelihood and ginger to promote export.
“In Kaduna state we commenced implementation exactly one year ago to sensitize and create awareness among women, youth and other stakeholders”.He explained .
He however , thanked Governor Nasir El-Rufai led Government in the State for for the invaluable support given so far to achieve its goals .