By Abdulmumin Murtala
Kano—The Agro Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support, APPEALS, Project in Kano State has signed Memorandum of Agreement, MOA, with AFEX for project impacts sustainability.
AFEX is a commodity exchange company that provides solutions in trading, financing and market system development.
Speaking during a tour of the facilities provided by APPEALS to its beneficiaries in Darki, Wudil Local Government and Balare in Ajingi Local Government Areas of the state , the Kano APPEALS Coordinator, Hassan Ibrahim, said the collaboration would be of great benefit to the farmers.
According to him, the visit was to sensitize the farmers on the linkage with AFEX, a company ready to uptake all the agricultural products they produced under APPEALS project, which runs on three value chain of rice, tomato and wheat.
He noted that apart from agreement with AFEX as what he described as “automatic and reliable market” for the farmers, Ibrahim also disclosed that the state government, under APPEALS, had constructed nine aggregation centres at different locations across the state and constructed access roads that link the fans with the markets.
He said, “This would promote export and create automatic market with an ultimate livelihood improvement through increase in income of our farmers. This is the target of the Kano State Government. The rationale behind collaboration with AFEX is to create automatic and reliable market where the farmers would sell their agricultural products without hinderence, aimed at increasing their livelihood.
“Our visit which the Kano State Government, under this projecd, intends to ensure sustainable agricultural development through agricultural business linkages. “
“You can see with yourself, under this project, we have constructed about 2.9 km road to link the farmers’ farms with the market. The state government, through this project has also constructed an aggregation centre, equipped with moisture tester, weighing balancing, among others, to ensure that value is added on their agricultural products.”
On his part, Kassim Abdulsalam, Sales Operation Manager, AFEX in Kano and Jigawa, said among others, “We want to help the farmers by providing inputs to them and buying their yields with a better rate, aimed at improving their socioeconomic status.”
All the beneficiaries present had commended the APPEALS project for improving their production through provision of facilities and mechanization, adding that the project had indeed boosted and simplify their farming.”