Over 20,000 Nigerian farmers trained in tomato value chains

The PYXERA Global Nigeria YieldWise project, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) says it has trained no fewer than 20, 610 tomato farmers on how to reduce post-harvest losses in the tomato value chain in last three years.

The YieldWise project is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation in collaboration with PYXERA Global with the aim of reducing post-harvest losses.

The project Director, Lekan Tobi, disclosed the figure at a workshop held in Kano.

He said during the period under review, the project was able to link 16, 206 farmers with buyers, in addition to introducing 12 pre and post-harvest loss reducing technologies to farmers, farmer associations and value chain actors.

According to him, the project has also initiated the Tomato Triangle Plus (TT+) initiative-a platform for influencing the creation of an enabling environment by governments for the development of tomato value chain in Nigeria.

“In January 2016,PYXERA Global commenced the implementation of YieldWise project with the goal of reducing post-harvest loss in the tomato value chain by 50 per cent and increasing farmers income by the same percentage.

“In total, the programme reached 27,449 farmers in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states during the period under review,’’ he said.

He said the objective of the event was to share the knowledge gained and lessons learnt over the last three and half years of the programme and to formally announced its closure to stakeholders.

Speaking shortly after the programme, the Secretary, Irrigation Water Users Association, Mustapha Adamu urged the Rockefeller Foundation to sustain the project by providing additional grant.

He also called on the Kano State Government to support tomato growers with improved tomato seeds and other inputs boost the production of the commodity.

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