HortiNigeria launches initiatives to boost financial access for 55 producers, value chain actors in Kaduna

In a continuous effort to enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability in Kaduna State, HortiNigeria, a Dutch-funded horticultural program implemented in Kano, Kaduna, Ogun, and Oyo states, is conducting a comprehensive training program for producer organizations in Kubau, Soba, Ikara, Makarfi, Kudan, Sabon Gari and Zaria LGA’s in Kaduna state. The training is aimed at bolstering financial access and insurance uptake for 55 Producer Organizations (POs) and Agribusiness Cluster (ABC) actors in Kaduna.

Producer groups and actors within the program value chain (tomatoes, pepper, onions, cabbage, as well as transporters and aggregators etc.) will be sensitized by Financial Service Providers (FSPs) and insurance companies to facilitate seamless linkage to these essential services.

Ikechukwu Chiaka, the inclusive finance lead in HortiNigeria, shared that, “the main aim of the training is for the producer organizations and actors to have the necessary knowledge in all that it entails to being bankable. And we want increase access to finance for producer orgnisations (POs) and other Agribusiness Cluster (ABC) actors in Kaduna State by exposing them to different sources of suitable financial and insurance products. At the end of the training, we hope to achieve increased access to finance”.

This workshop is part of HortiNigeria’s commitment to supporting Nigeria’s horticulture sector through capacity building and sustainable development practices of small holder farmers. By empowering POs and ABC actors with access to finance and insurance, we are paving the way for sustainable and inclusive horticulture sub-sector in Nigeria.