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Kano State Signs Pact with Saskawa to Assist Smallholder Farmers

Kano State Agro-Pastoral Project, KSADP, and Sasakawa Africa/SG 2000, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of agricultural interventions in the state which about 45,000 smallholder farmers are expected to benefit. The Deputy Governor of Kano state, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, who is also the chairman of the Project Steering Committee, KSADP, and Dr. Amit Roy, Vice-chairman of Sasakawa Africa, signed the pact on behalf of their organizations. In a statement by the Project Communication Specialist, Ameen K. Yassar, Deputy Governor Gawuna, had while speaking shortly after the signing, described the occasion as a memorable milestone in the agricultural development of the state. According to him, “KSADP is our flagship project and its aim is to attain food security, increase production and productivity as well as generate employment and more income for our people especially the rural poor. “Because of our huge population and the fact that the majority of our people are farmers, we are determined to take advantage of the technical expertise of Sasakawa to make agriculture a more sustainable and rewarding venture by assisting our farmers with facilities and inputs, and building the capacity of our agricultural extension workers.”

The statement further noted that the interventions under the MOU also include training to raise the skills and knowledge of 18, 000 farmer facilitators, 440 processors, 220 fabricators, 1,000 Community Based Extension Staff and 220 frontline extension staff as well as core staff of the KSADP as well as the provision of Seeds, Fertilizers, pesticides, post-harvest handling, value addition, and agri-business services. “It also entails the design and execution of value chain extension. “Under the agreement, KSADP will finance Sasakawa, annually, upon submission of its annual work-plan and budget and clearance by KSADP, within a five year period. “Effective from the 2020 planting season, the technical cooperation aims to enhance food security, alleviate poverty, and create jobs, among other things, in rural communities of the state. “Last February, Kano State Agro-Pastoral Project, an Islamic Development Bank-funded project, with the support of the Life and Livelihoods Fund, was formally inaugurated, to contribute to poverty reduction and to strengthen food and nutrition security of the vulnerable population in Kano,” the statement added..

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