From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Kano State Deputy Governor, Dr.Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna has revealed that so far, no fewer than 6,344 farmers had been were supported in adopting improved rice,tomato and wheat production and marketing technologies in the state, under Agro Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project.
He made the disclosure on Wednesday during the pre-6th implementation support midterm review of the APPEALS Project and commissioning of Kwanar Dala Wheat Gurasa Processing Cluster as well as Kwanar Ungogo Tomato Market in the metropolis.
Gawuna, who is also the state’s Chairman of the APPEALS Project Steering Committee, highlighted that APPEALS as designed in line with the Agricultural promotion policy of the Federal Government has also contributed to the Agricultural policy thrusts of Governor Dr.Abdullahi Umar Ganduje administration, which is centered on food security, support to local production, job creation, economic diversification and improved revenue generation through agriculture.
“Kano State Government is committed towards supporting local production through provision of improved inputs to achieve increased productivity and marketing of agricultural produce Gawuna emphasised”.
He urge the beneficiaries of the Kwanar Dala Wheat Gurasa Processing Cluster and the Kwanar Ungogo Tomato Market to utilise them accordingly.
The Deputy Governor commended the State Coordinating Office of APPEALS for targeting 10,000 farmers of Rice,Wheat and Tomato value chains across production, processing and marketing as beneficiaries with the aim of enhancing their productivity.
Speaking earlier the National Project Manager Of the APPEALS, Dr.Salisu Garba explained that the project which is taking place in 24 States has achieved alot through offering of technical and financial support to farmers.
In his remarks the State Project Coordinator of the APPEALS,Mallam Hassan Ibrahim said the purpose of establishing the Wheat Gurasa Processing Cluster at Kwanar Dala in collaboration with the National Incubation Centre is to promote good agronomic practice.
“Under this initiative we have provided a new oven to produce local gurasa in 8 minutes. The oven is easy to operate, meant to reduce hard labour and enhance hygienic way of processing the delicacy. We have provided the sellers with a mobile van he said”
He added that they had also provided an evaporating cooling system store alongside 1,000 plastic crates for the Tomato Sellers at Kwanar Ungogo Market in order to enhance the preservation of Tomato for 2 weeks.