The Kano State office of the Agro Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project have sensitised farmers on enhanced agricultural productivity across six Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state.
Alhaji Hassan Ibrahim, the APPEALS Project Coordinator in the state, told the farmers during an advocacy and sensitisation visit across the LGAs, that the sensitisation was aimed at improving value addition along three priority value chains of Rice, Tomato and Wheat in the state.
Hajiya Rabi Mustapha, the APPEALS’ Communication Officer in Kano, who represented the coordinator, said the project is a collaborative effort of the World Bank, Federal Government and the Kano State Government.
According to Rabi, the aim of the project would be achieved through supporting farmers productivity and their linkage to markets, facilitating consolidation of agricultural products and cottage processing.
“Increased productivity, production and improving processing and marketing of the targeted value chains will lead to the creation of jobs along the value chains adding the targeted value chains for Kano State are rice, tomato and wheat.
“The project’s direct beneficiaries in Kano are estimated at 10,000 individuals, translating into 50,000 farm household members, adding that it is anticipated that 35 per cent of the beneficiaries will be women while five per cent people with disability,” Rabi said.
“The project has a dedicated sub-component to benefit women and youths that will allow them to develop agric-business that is expected to create more jobs and improve their productivity,” she explained.
The APPEALS’ officer in charge of women and youth empowerment, Malam Usman Abdulhamid said under the first phase of empowerment programme, no fewer than 41,000 people have collected the forms, filled and returned.
According to Abdulhamid, the forms were presently undergoing screening to ensure that those who indicated interest for the free empowerment programme are qualified.
He noted that APPEALS was also planning to train tomato farmers on how to process the commodity to become powder for better preservation.
Participants across the six Local Government Areas which include Tarauni, Garin Malam, Kura, Takai, Albasu and Sumaila have commended the initiative and expressed readiness to participate in the second batch.