In the last 10 months, 10,845 tomato farmers in Kano State have gotten support from World Bank’s FADAMA II Additional Financing (AF).
The tomato farmers comprising of 585 youths and 1,575 women, were engaged in a project which has prepared four youth spraying groups, with 10 members each, with each earning N58,500 monthly.
The support for the farmers was facilitated through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Dangote Tomato Company and Fadama Production Cluster Group on the profitable marketing of tomato.
According to the Kano State Coordination Office, the project recorded a disbursement of 89,195 and 110 for rice, sorghum and tomato production groups.
State project coordinator Sha’aibu Sulaiman, who presented the Project Implementation Report to the Dr. Adetunji Oredipe-led World Bank/FGN sixth Mission on Fadama II AF, said, to build capacity of farmers toward efficient production, 12 consultants have been engaged to conduct the Train-of-Trainers seminars for 120 farmers across eight production clusters of rice, sorghum and tomato.
Mr. Sulaiman adds that sorghum and rice farmers were equally well linked to grand cereal and popular rice farm off-takers and through collaboration with the ICRISAT, sorghum farmers were also linked to Honeywell company, which demanded 150,000mt of sorghum from Fadama farmers in Kano.
World Bank’s FADAMA project is aimed at sustainably increasing the incomes of Fadama land and water resource users to reduce rural poverty, increase food security as well as contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The term “Fadama” is a Hausa name for irrigable land—usually low-lying plains underlaid by shallow aquifers found along major river systems.
The project places beneficiaries in the driver’s seat and Project implementation is being monitored by civil society and media.
Local community members, under the umbrella of Fadama Community Associations (FCAs) and Fadama User Groups (FUGs), oversee the design and implementation of the project and are empowered through skills and capacity-building to improve their livelihoods by increasing income generating activities.