From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Ten thousand Kaduna citizens are said to have been shortlisted as direct beneficiaries of the Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement And Livelihood Improvements Support, (APPEALS) Project.
The state coordinator of the programme, Dr Yahaya Aminu, disclosed this during a press conference in Kaduna yesterday.
He said 1,700 of the beneficiaries are women, youth and People Living With Disability, (PLWDs).
He explained that the programme decided to focus on PLWDs because they are the set of people not motivated in farming because of their peculiarities.
He said the project will encourage them to be active and participate more in the agricultural sector.
According to him, each of the 10,000 beneficiaries will receive 10,000 US dollars.
Dr Aminu stressed that the programme is designed to support medium and small scale farmers to improve productivity and value addition along three priority value chain which is maize, ginger and diary.
“So one of the areas our projects will intervene is improving the quality of inputs right from the planting, management of the crop, to handling of harvest and storage.”
He explained further that APPEALS is a project developed by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, (FMARD), in collaboration with the World Bank with over 200 million US dollars to cover six states.
The six participating states include; Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Cross River, Kogi and Enugu with dairy, ginger, tomato, cassava, rice, cocoa, cashew, wheat, poultry, aquaculture, and maize value chains.
“The project targets 10,000 direct beneficiaries and 50,000 indirect beneficiaries in Kaduna state.
“ At least 35 per cent (3500) of direct beneficiaries will be women and at least 5-10 per cent (500-1000) will be PLWDs.
“The project has a component to benefit women and youth that will allow them to develop agribusiness that are expected to create jobs and improve their livelihood,” he said.