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US agency to empower local farmers

24 April 2014, 20:36

Abuja - United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged to empower local impoverished farmers with means of earning best prices for their produce and ultimately lift them from

The organization hopes to attain that through a programme titled MARKETS II, which seeks to benefit farmers who live on less than $1.25 a day.

According to Alex Thier, the agency's Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning and Learning, the MARKETS II model programme will connect the local farmers to new markets and technologies.

"Being able to transport and quickly sell a crop is essential for a farmer to get a good price," he said.

Their said there were several other local agribusinesses boosting the economy in Nigeria.

He cited Timmod Farms as an example of MARKETS II success story in Nigeria.

"Established in November 2004 with just four fish ponds, it now is one of Nigeria's leading fish processors, producing a smoked catfish that is well-known in the country. The farm has been recognized by the Nigerian Federal Department of Fisheries," he said.

Thier highlighted the challenges local farmers were experiencing.

"Among the challenges is getting reliable, affordable access to energy and credit," he said.

Thier said to enable small farmers and small enterprises to drive inclusive economic growth these problems must be addressed.

- CAJ News

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