Dr Abdullahi Ozomata, the Kogi State Project Coordinator, Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Support (APPEALS),on Thursday said the project had trained nearly 450 women and youths on cocoa production.
Ozomata made this known at the Project Facilitators training workshop organised by APPEALS project in Port Harcourt.
He said that the project had exposed farmers to modern farming technologies in Kogi, adding that the farmers were also undergoing training in capacity building to increase their productivity and processing.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that APPEALS project is an initiative of the Federal Government with support from the World Bank.
He said the three main value chains in Kogi are cassava, cashew and rice, which they had identified with most of the farmers in the state.
He said the project had five components – productivity enhancement, agro processing, infrastructural support to rural areas, technical knowledge and capacity building.
“We are not just supporting farmers by increasing their productivity or by boosting their processing activity; we are also trying to build their capacity.
“We need to let them know the new technologies that they should start making use of, not just about supporting them with inputs and other land preparation support.
“So what we just did was to include capacity building for them to make sure that what they do in the past that is not yielding result, they try something better for them to get a better yield, that’s what we do for cashew farmers.
“This project has three segments are production, processing and marketing, so we are supporting all through.
“APPEALS Project in Kogi state is supporting both farmers that are into production, we are supporting those that are into processing and those that are into marketing, so, it’s all encompassing.
“We are linking those that are producing to the processors and we are also linking those that are producing to the marketers and linking the processors to marketers,’’ he emphasised.
Also, the Cross River State Coordinator of APPEALS project, Mr Marcel Agim said the state’s priority value chains were cocoa, rice and poultry.
He said the APPEALS project in Cross River and the government were working closely to ensure the success.
He said so far, the project had trained about 450 women and youths in the state, adding “the training is on going’’.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Grace Yussuf (NAN)
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