By Yakubu Salisu, Kano
The Kano State Coordinator, Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project (APPEALS), Hassan Ibrahim, has said that three hundred and seventy two (372) farmers recently trained in the state in fishery, poultry and rice farming and processing are so far ready to access the world bank 200million Dollars earmarked for the project.
He made the disclosure during a one day orientation meeting on the Development of Business Investment Plan (BIP) which took place of Friday in Kano.
The potential beneficiaries were trained under the women and youth empowerment program of kano state APPEALS which is a collaboration between kano state government, the Federal Government and the World Bank.
According to Ibrahim, Appeals project is targeting livelihood improvement, food security and food export promotion which he said they have gone far in identifying gaps in terms of technologies needed to enhance productivity towards improvement of food security, livelihood and export potentials.
Furthermore, he explained that the orientation serve also as an avenue to further expose the potential beneficiaries to the concept of the project and also to understand that for them to have access to any grant of the project, there should be an investment plan which has to be well designed and very comprehensive to contain all the cost and benefit analysis for them to get the benefit.
” We are here today to expose the potential beneficiaries to the concept of the project and also to understand that for them to have access to any grant of the project, they have to come up with a very good plan.
That’s why we feel its very important for us to meet with them, to sit and examine all the part of the investment plans and see where we need to come in the development of the investment plan for them to develop fundable plans that would attract world bank intervention”
The state coordinator also revealed that the project is a performance base project with 200 US Dollars as the total grant which six states comprising of Kano, Kogi, Enugu, Kaduna, Lagos, and Cross Rivers are to benefit from and every successful participant will be given funds base on the total cost of his or her investment plan.
Hassan stated that ” As far as kano is concerned, we have gone far, we have demonstrated improved technology and over twenty thousand farmers have expressed interest and willingness to adopt that technology and appeal project has a package for supporting adoption which we are hoping that our value chain investment plan that has been forwarded to the office of the National Coordinator of the Appeal Project and the world bank word be cleared and the farmers would benefit to contribute towards food security and others” he said
He charged the participants whom he said have displayed great enthusiasm towards the program throughout their training period, to make judicious use of the opportunity so that the state would not be left out of such great opportunity provided to farmers in the selected states.
Some of the participants expressed their gratitude for the opportunity provided them by the project and pledged to be good ambassadors of the Appeals project by ensuring that funds given to them at the end of the day, are used to improve the businesses they have learned.
That the opportunity will go a long way in eradicating poverty and reducing unemployment rate among the youths and women in the society which will also contribute significantly to the GDP of the state and country at large.
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