Eighty eight Commodity Interest Groups (CIGs) have benefited from the World Bank Intervention Fund in the 23 local government areas of Kaduna State.
Coordinator of the Kaduna State Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP), Mallam Dalhatu Mustapha said this in an interview with Daily Trust.
He said the beneficiaries cut across the three value chains; maize, fruit and dairy.
He noted that out of 241 registered commodity interest farmer groups which have 3,717 members, 88 of them have benefited from the World Bank intervention fund.
Mallam Dalhatu Mustapha explained that the project has so far disbursed a total sum of $6,222,389 million, representing 23.6% achievement from the intervention and support given to small and medium scale commercial farmers in the state.
He maintained that 124 CIGs under Maize Value Chain, 11 under Dairy and 5 for Fruit Value Chains have so far indicated interest for the intervention of the project on work-bulls, threshing machines, improved seeds, fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides among other things, as support from the project.
The state project coordinator further stated that with intervention, awareness creation, and technology demonstration like safer ways of maize production, there have been increase in yield of maize from an average of 2.2 metric tonne per hectare to 3.75 metric tonne per hectare as well as improve in the quality of maize.
He also disclosed that the project has linked maize farmers with three up takers namely: Nelmaco, Ugo farm and Green Doral being agent of Nestle, adding that under fruit development, there is an increase in yield of Jumbo Guava, and other new improved seedlings such as citrus and mango which were introduced to the farmers.