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2,516 Kaduna farmers benefit from commercial agric project

Posted: Apr 29, 2015 at 2:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A total of 2,516 farmers have benefited from various services under the Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) in Kaduna State.

State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Isaac Bodam, disclosed this during a review meeting of the project.

He said the programme was focused on value chain addition to some major products, including maize, fruits and dairy.

“ The mandate of commercial agriculture project in the state is to promote and support three value chains namely: dairy, fruit and maize in the areas of production, processing and marketing.

“It is therefore of interest that the state has done fairly well in the area of maize production with a total of 2,516 farmers as direct beneficiaries that cultivated 12,717 hectares in the past three years.

“They also recorded an average yield increase from 2.2 tonnes/ha to 3.5 tonnes/ha.’’

The commissioner, however, noted that the gains in the areas of processing and marketing were very limited, and expressed the hope that current restructuring of the programme would address that.

“In the areas of dairy and fruits value chains, not many of the farmers have benefited,’’ he said, adding that the realignment of the programme’s structure would raise the number of beneficiaries.

He said the programme must empower the youth to ensure self employment and economic prosperity in rural areas.

According to him, 12 rural access roads have been constructed under the project to ease farmers’ access

to markets for their products.

The Programme Manager, Abdulkadir Kassim, said the programme had been restructured and extended

by two years to focus more on issues of processing, packaging and marketing.

In a remark, Mr Adama Toure, the Task Team Leader, said the review meeting was to discuss with participants to fast track the programme, which he noted, was “slow’’.