HortiNigeria to establish Agribusiness cluster for Vegetable growers in Nigeria

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By Aminu Halilu Tudun Wada

In its concerted effort to build a sustainable and inclusive Horticulture sector in Nigeria, the Dutch -funded programme HORTINigeria in collaboration with International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC), and East West Seeds Knowledge Transfer (EWS-KT), with Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and KIT Royal Tropical Institute organize and held two day learning events in Kano with aim to create platform for Agricultural knowledge exchange and foster collaboration with key stakeholders in the industry.

The four year (2021-2025) programme is aims to support Nigeria in building sustainable, gender and youth inclusive hoticulture sector that will contribute to nutritional and food security in the country.

Speaking to the FARMERS VOICE NG, the country director Horti Nigeria Mohammed Salasi Idris, stated that the Progaramme is aimed to mobilize funds ,Access to funds for the rural farmers both Male and Female and build sustainable and inclusive Horticulture in Nigeria.

“HortiNigeria hope to continue sparking change withing Nigerian horticultural sector, contributing to food and nutritional security in Nigeria”.

“We are facilitating investment and provision of financial services (in kind or cash ) among MSMEs and between MSMEs and financial services providers /investors as well as training of target and selected MSMEs on identified Technical needs/recurements” said Salasi.

He added that, the Horti Nigeria gave training and identity markets for the Farmers in other to explore potentials benefits within the hortricultural sector.

The programme which focused on Tomato, Okra , Onion, Pepper , Cabbage , Cucumber, sweet corn and Watermelon, already has started working in Kano, Kaduna ,Ogun and Oyo states.

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