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U.S. to support Nigerian government with $2 million

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Staff Writer | July 20, 2016
Maria Brewer
Cooperation   The two-year partnership

The United States Agency for International Development says it has earmarked $2m to support the Nigerian government’s effort to develop the agricultural sector.

It would partner with local agribusinesses Babban Gona and Hello Tractor to assist farmers in accessing smart tractors and improved seeds.

The U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Maria Brewer, spoke in Abuja at a gathering attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh.

The envoy stated that the two-year partnership was also aimed at ensuring profitable markets for over 45,000 farmers in seven states across the federation.

She said, “Innovation and entrepreneurship hold the key to unlocking Nigeria’s agricultural potential, and the US government will continue to provide support in this direction. Under the Feed the Future initiative, the USAID partners the private sector to support smallholder farmers in Nigeria.

“Through the partnership, USAID addresses development and business challenges by increasing access to improved agricultural inputs and mechanisation, better quality technical advisory services, and expanding market opportunities for farmers.

“The partnership capitalises on the untapped potential of youths in agriculture and help build the capacity of young entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, create secure jobs, and boost economic growth in Nigeria.

“Under the $2m two-year partnership, anticipated results include increased access to smart tractors, improved seeds, and profitable markets for over 45,000 smallholder farmers in seven states and the Federal Capital Territory.”

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