The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has built the capacity of 280 vegetable farmers and distributed 3,976 various farming implements and agro inputs to enhance productivity and livelihood of beneficiaries in Kaduna state.
During the distribution of the items, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna state Dr. Hadiza Balarebe said the intervention is a welcome development as it would help address the challenges of post-harvest losses and enhance access to markets.
Dr. Balarebe pledged that Government is committed to provide all that is necessary to make the program a success.
“We are ready to work with you to expand it to other local governments and crops within the state to ensure the administrations people-centered agenda it has set to achieve,” she said.
The FAO Country Representative in Nigeria Mr. Suffyan Koroma said in order to foster a culture of exploiting the value chain in vegetable production, farmers especially women and youth should have the right capacities to take full advantage of the available opportunities for enhanced incomes.
“The overall objective is to create opportunities for decent jobs and secure livelihoods with approaches for alleviating child hunger and under nutrition through better government policies, fair and accountable public institutions and inclusive and sustainable business practices,” Koroma stated.
Items distributed include; 2500 Plastic crates, 246 knapsack sprayers, 123 Water pump, 246 Wheelbarrow, 246 Watering cans, 123 specially made Jab Planters, 246 Garden Fork, 246 Head pan and lots more.
One of the beneficiaries Mary Joseph said the training and implements as well as other inputs received from FAO will go a long way not only to improve her production but also help in reducing post-harvest losses she has been facing in her farming business.
Tasiu Haruna, a representative of the Tomato Growers Association in Kaduna State said many of his members have been experiencing many losses at harvest and during marketing stages.