The Kaduna State Coordinator, FADAMA III, Mr. Balarabe Umar has on Wednesday said the beneficiaries of the programme had their yield increased by an average of 66.8 per cent. He made the disclosure during the allocation of “Returnable Plastic Crates and Distribution of 2019 Community Based Rice Seed Production Inputs” to Federated FADAMA III Community Associations (FFCA) and seed producing communities.
The programme, which was organised by Kaduna State FADAMA Coordination Office, was held at Kaduna State Agricultural Development Agency (KADA), Maigana zonal office, Soba Local Government Area.
About 500 Returnable Plastic Crates to farmers’ meant for transporting tomato to various parts of the country were distributed to FFCA of three local government areas.
According to him, this emanated from support received to procure mechanised labour, productive assets’ inputs and production infrastructure that guaranteed smooth production.
The coordinator said about 15,450 indirect beneficiaries were employed through the project in the areas of labour, service provision, off-taking among others.
Umar said: “Today we are making yet another landmark in the sustainability strategy of the project.
This is be empowering the FFCA with additional tomato crates to be used by its members in transporting tomato across the country in a modern fashion and moderate charge to add to the revenue drive of the FFCA.”
The coordinator said that Kaduna State had produced a good number of business plans on seed multiplication.
The Acting Permanent Secretary, Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Samuel Dogo observed that FADAMA is a programme meant for the people, assuring that nothing of it is designed exclusively in office.
Dogo encouraged the farmers to embrace the new plastic crates for its multiple advantages.
He said the new crates were graded to meet universal requirement and could be recycled often, more hygienic, tomato could be classified into small and big, good and bad ripe and unripe among others.