By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Agro Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project has commenced the distribution of farm inputs to 10,000 farmers for sub – project implementation at Biye Village in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
In her message at the distribution ceremony, the Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe said the project is a collaboration with Federal Government, World Bank and Kaduna State and it means to support farmers groups.
Hadiza who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Min.of Agriculture Alhaji Sabi’u Sani Isma’ila said the state government has done a lot in improving agriculture productivity and improving agriculture towards diversifying the economic base of the state.
She said the state government was working tirelessly to support agricultural development as a business so that our farmers would be able to feed themselves, supply the product for the use of industries.
“It is the wish of the Kaduna State Government to see tremendous reduction in poverty, massive employment generation for the youth and women; general improvement in the wellbeing of the populace through the agricultural sector,” she said.
Dr. Hadiza Balarabe said she was very much impressed with the presence of women and youths for the programme it also shows that Kaduna state policies and programmes on inclusion was working.
` A society cannot develop if half of its population was idle and are not included, the efforts of the state towards bringing women to part economic development by enhancing their skills in various field of endeavor is worthy cause.
“ I can see here that the people of this community have accepted it, we are also happy that the men were understanding and cooperating, I pray that this level of commitment would result into improve productivity,’’ she said
The Deputy Governor explained that the farm imputes were not coming late to the farmers adding that there were different types of crops and we are talking of maize.
Earlier in his address, the state Coordinator of APPEALS, Dr Yahaya Aminu Abdulhadi said the target beneficiaries in the state were 10,000 farmers, the intervention in Biye Community Giwa Local Government was for 985 farmers.
He said the intervention was for farm inputs which include fertilizers, improved Seeds, herbicides among others.
According to him the second intervention would be equipment where beneficiaries would receive thrashers, combine harvesters and tractors.
The state coordinator also said the support was demand driven it was decided by the farmers themselves to boost their farming enterprise.
Dr. Yahaya Aminu said this was a real empowerment and called on the farmers to ensure that they empower themselves by making use of the support.
He added that the project was a World Bank Supported initiative which has a mandate of Kaduna State to support the farmers from production, processing and marketing.
“We want them to make the use of the knowledge and the resources that was avail to them under the APPEALS project so that they can shift from being subsisting farmers to commercial and economically viable farming enterprises.
The state coordinator said the support was an end-to-end intervention, the farmers who are receiving the intervention now have already signed agreement with up-takers; before they go to the farm they already have market for the products.
He added that partners to the project are experts from National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS) stressing that Kaduna State has extended raining season different from others states in northern part of the country.
He added that the maize variety given to the farmers was a medium maturing variety and high yielding, stressing that “we cannot say it is late in fact this is the right time to plant it.’’
Speaking on behalf of beneficiaries, Alhaji Adamu Aliyu Shika commended the project for timely provision of the inputs.
He said the beneficiaries were earlier trained on new and better farming methods and processing of the farm produce to boost production.
Shika restate their commitment on judicious use of the inputs.
Alhaji Sabi’u Sani Isma’ila Permanent Secretary Ministry 9f Agriculture Kaduna State presenting Farm inputs to beneficiaries while Dr. Yahaya Aminu Abdulhadi State Coordinator APPEALS watching.