The Agricultural Development Programme of Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa and Gombe States have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Al-Hassad Rice Mills Ltd, Dantata Foods & Allied Products Ltd and Dangote mills specifying terms and conditions under which the ADPs will facilitate growing of Rice and groundnuts by Farmers as Voice of Nigeria reports.
Based on the agreement, the Companies will provide inputs, training and general support, off-take and process the farm produce to be produced by members of the Farmers Based Organizations and or certified by seed council of Nigeria through a registered dealer, formed under the project and bought by the Company.
It was signed at the end of a Food Summit held in Gombe, organised by the UNDP-GEF-IAP-FS Project, which brought together all value chain actors along the rice and groundnut value chains, including targeted state representatives of Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa,Kano, Katsina, Jigawa and Gombe States
At the food summit, discussions centered on the establishment of linkages through the creation of an Innovation Platforms, which provides the sustainable structures for advancement of what the project refers to as a win-win interstate food commodity value chain.
The summit also facilitated the strengthening of the capacity of project beneficiaries to access sustainable market linkages that will significantly improve interstate food commodity value chains across the 7 states.
It equally linked them to influencers and supporters for sustainable solutions to agricultural value chain.
The target groups selected are expected to, after the summit, step down the outcomes of the summit to other members of their communities.
The objectives of the summit is to kick-start the process of establishing cooperation along Rice and groundnut value chains and work with various stakeholders to coordinate their activities for better efficiency
This is to review the immediate business environment across the rice and groundnut value chains and reach a shared understanding with value chain actors, and obtained information from millers/off-takers/processors about required quality and specifications of rice and groundnut.
This would ensure that famers produce according to their required standard which will open up access to markets and mainstream gender into the commodity value chains.
Other objectives are to explore potential for agreements between value chain actors and the establishment of Innovation Platforms to advance interstate food commodity value chains and partnership across the 7 states
It was expected that value chain actors will have better understanding of rice and groundnut value chain challenges and solutions to integrate project beneficiaries, especially women into an appropriate platform that will encourage participants to partner/network with major value chain actors and contribute to the outcomes of the project.
The Project Manager of the UNDP/ GEF Programme, Mrs. Rhoda Zira-Dia, said the summit theme “Public-Private Partnership inter State Food Commodity Value Chain,” would lead to better understanding of vital business issues.
She said the issues of having effective agribusiness platforms in the development of agriculture and food security with a view to enhancing sustainable development.