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NIRSAL equip 700, 000 farmers with skills on agri-business

Ololade Omosan-Agie

The Nigeria Incentive-BasedRisk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending has said that it has trained over 700,000 farmers and 2,600 mid-management and agricultural desk officers of commercial banks.

This was contained in a press statement titled ‘NIRSAL Plc trains 780 farmers, others, on enhanced agric, agribusiness operations’ issued by the agency.

The statement read, “In its ongoing efforts to improve the capacity and productivity and Nigerian farmers, the NIRSAL Plc has completed training and mentorship programmes for an additional 780 farmers and other agricultural value chain actors across the country.

“The programs which held in the six geo-political zones are a continuation of efforts targeted at achieving a key component of NIRSAL Plc’s mandate: de-risking of the agricultural value chain in order to encourage more investment in agribusiness by the financial sector.”

According to the statement, the training sessions are under the NIRSAL Strategic Business Support Services, which are part of NIRSA’s Technical Assistance pillar to build the capacity of value chain actors for improved production, handling, processing and marketing of agricultural commodities.

The statement said sessions had been held in the six geo-political zones of the country with focus on the 10 Commodities of Interest that had ecological and economic advantages in each zone.

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