Kano: HotiNigeria empowers 23 agro-input dealers to boost horticulture

HotiNigeria, a Dutch-funded horticultural program which had implemented in Kano, Kaduna, Oyo and Ogun states, Wednesday conducted a comprehensive training for agro-dealers from the various local government areas in Kano state.

The training comprised diverse group of agro-dealers, including retailers of seeds, fertilizers and other agricultural inputs.

Participant will engage in a curriculum designed to cover business management theme, including sales, marketing and business skills.

The Agribusiness coordinator at HortiNigeria, Danjuma Makama, stated that: “Our goal with this training is to empower agro-dealers and  create a ripple effect that will benefit the entire agribusiness clusters being established in collaboration with actors across the various nodes of value chain in Kano state.

“By providing these key players with tools and knowledge they need, we are laying the foundation for a more productive, sustainable and inclusive horticulture subsector.”

Munir Abdulmumin Yawale from Kumbotso local government  stated that: “We have learned a lot from this training. They have taught us how to deal with our customers on usage of the chemical they buy from us and how to take care of the diseases that affect the crops, especially this TUTA ABSOLOTA which is very dangerous to tomatoes.”

HortiNigeria is a four year initiative, beginning from 2021 – 2025, funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria being implemented in Kano, Kaduna, Ogun and Oyo states.

Spanning seven value chains within the horticulture sector including: Cabbage, Cucumber, Okra, Onions, Pepper, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes and Watermelon.

This initiative focuses on increasing the productivity and income of 60,000 smallholder farmers, 40% women and 50% youth and piloting innovative technologies, facilitating access to finance for SMEs, and improving sector coordination and business linkages.