A total of 88 registered farmers in the Commodity Interest Groups (CIGs) in Kaduna State have so far benefitted from the World Bank intervention fund, according to the coordinator of Kaduna State Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP), Mallam Dalhatu Mustapha.
The beneficiaries cuts across the three value chains, maize, fruit and dairy, he said.
According to the report made available to newsmen at the weekend in Kaduna by the Kaduna State CADP communication officer, Aliyu H. Saidu, the disclosure was made at a paper presentation by the project coordinator during a meeting of the 6th Federal Government of Nigeria/World Bank joint supervision mission originally scheduled to hold in Kaduna CADP but had to be shifted to Abuja, due to the crisis in Kaduna at that time.
He said, “Kaduna State CADP, in its effort to develop agriculture, has attracted 241 registered farmers Commodity Interest Groups (CIGs) across the 23 local government areas of the state with a total membership of 3,717 members across the three value chains; Maize, Fruit and Dairy, 88 CIGs have so far benefited from the World Bank intervention” as contained in the report.
Mallam Dalhatu Mustapha explained that the project has so far, as at 31st April, 2012, disbursed a total sum of $6,222,389.80 representing 23.6% achievement from the intervention and support given to small and medium scale commercial farmers in the state, maintaining 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 by the project.