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Agric Project urges farmers to seek linkages to boost production

ENUGU – The Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) has called on farmers to identify with the project to boost the production and sales of their produce within and outside the country.

The Marketing Officer of the project in Kaduna, Mr Samuel Tanko, made the call in Enugu on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the ongoing 25th Enugu International Trade Fair.

He said that such collaboration would provide them with information on how to process, preserve and package their produce for export.

Tanko said the CADP was operating in five pilot states of Cross River, Enugu, Kano, Lagos and Kaduna to provide technical support to farmers in the target states.

“The project is targeting farmers that are really involved in commercial agriculture who are into processing, packaging and marketing of their produce.

“The project will give farmers the capacity building and the technology required for planting, harvesting and processing of produce to get maximum yields.

“Our expectation at the fair is that we should be able to make linkage with uptakes including accessing loan facilities to enable farmers enhance their businesses.

“In Enugu, we have a lot of poultry producers while in the north; you can find large growers of maize and other grains.

“At the other end, they can push down their end products to the north and vice versa.

“Our mission is not just to display our products at the fair but to liaise with one another and create market linkages and sell our products.

The CADP official said it provided facilities that ensured that they produced to maximal standard.

Tanko called on large scale farmers who had yet to identify with the project to do so in order to benefit from its facilities and boost agricultural production in the country. (NAN)