By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Kaduna State Coordinator of the Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement And Livelihood Improvements Support, (APPEALS) Project, Dr Yahaya Aminu, has said fifty thousand citizens will indirectly benefit from the project in the state.
Dr Aminu who disclosed this while interacting with Journalists in Kaduna on Sunday on the activities of the project in 2019 and plans for the New Year, added that the 50,000 are products of the 10,000 direct beneficiaries of the programme.
“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,” he said.
According to the Coordinator, another important aspect of the project is the Women and Youth Empowerment Scheme targeting youth between 18 to 40 years, women and People Living With Disability, (PLWDs).
“The project has a component to benefit women and youth that will allow them to develop agribusinesses that are expected to create jobs and improve their livelihood.
“Under the project, we aim at supporting 1,700 women, youth and PLWDs. We advertised for expression of interest, screened and verified applications and interviewed 3,000 shortlisted under the scheme.
“He said the programme decided to focus on PLWDs because they are group of people not motivated in farming due to their peculiarities, hence, the project will encourage them to be active and participate more in the agric sector.
Dr. Aminu explained that the APPEALS national coordinating office in collaboration with the State office has selected and accredited 8 training institutions for the training of the successful candidates.
“We intend to train the successful candidates in ten batches, giving them technical skills in agriculture, business skills, after which the World Bank will provide grants of a maximum of $10,000 US Dollars to each beneficiary to establish,” he said.
Dr. Aminu also said 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.
He commended the State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, for the support given to the project in the state.
The APPEALS project is running in six states of; Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Cross River, Kogi and Enugu with dairy, ginger, tomato, cassava, rice, cocoa, cashew, wheat, poultry, aquaculture, and maize value chains.