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Post harvest loss:  APPEALS to support rice, tomato, wheat farmers with technology

The Kano Coordination office of Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project has perfected plans to support farmers in the state with improved technology to check post harvest losses on three value chain of rice, tomato and wheat.

Speaking at the demonstration of the improved technology to Commodity Interest Groups (CIGs) in Kano on Saturday, APPEALS project coordinator in the state, Hassan Ibrahim said the move was to improve the livelihood and productivity of small and medium scale farmers across rice, tomato and wheat.

According to him, the technology to be demonstrated to the CIGs include tomato drying process, using automated/fabricated gas powered dryer, wheat and rice flour milling machine and destoner and packaging technology for dried tomato products.

He said the CIGs were identified and mobilized through registration and other requirements, thereafter, according to him, were sensitized on the project to see how their production and processing capacity in the three value chain would be enhanced.

He explained that “This new improved technology is far better than the farmers’ present or analogue practice. It will improve their capacity on livelihood and improve their income.

” The objective of the project is to help farmers check the problem of post harvest losses. We are all aware of tomato growers record post harvest losses, hence the need to help them check the problem,” the coordinator said

He further explained that if the beneficiaries have expresses willingness to adopt the technology, they are not expected to pay in cash, but in kind.

He stated that if the CIGs accept the improved technology, they would have to develop value chain investment plan, which would be forwarded to the World Bank and National Coordination Office for clearance and approval.

“Once we secure the approval of the value chain investment plan, the farmers will benefit 100%,” he assured

The support is a tripartite grant by the World Bank, Federal Government and Kano State Government to mitigate post harvest losses and enhance farmers’ productivity in the three value chain.

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