The World Bank has announced plans to support 10,000 farmers in Kaduna State with modern farming techniques to stimulate productivity.
Dr. Yahaya Aminu, the Project Coordinator, World Bank assisted Agro-processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS), disclosed this in Kaduna.
Signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NAERLS, Aminu said the project is expected to extend services to 10,000 targeted smallholder farmers in Kaduna State.
He explained that APPEALS would collaborate with the National Agriculture Extension Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) to boost technology driven agriculture among smallholder farmers benefiting from the project in the state.
According to Aminu, the project is being implemented in six pilot states across the country through a $200 million World Bank grant.
He said the application of various technologies and research results from crop planting, harvesting to processing is expected to increase productivity and market of three selected crops and livestock in Kaduna state.
He also stated that the collaboration with the extension agency would stimulate agriculture in the state .
The coordinator said the increased production would mean more employment opportunities, poverty reduction and food security among farmers under the project.
The APPEALS project is expected to provide direct support to 10,000 farmers and to reach 50,000 others indirectly within six months, he added.
According to him, with the MoU, the collaboration had moved from conversations to practical effort in providing solution to part of the challenges the smallholder farmers face in the state in increasing productivity, processing and marketing of their products.
He said that the project is in line with the Nigerian government Agricultural Promotion Policy focusing on food security, local production, job creation and economic diversification
and 35 per cent of the beneficiaries would be women, while five to 10 per cent beneficiaries would be people with disabilities.