By Adelola Amihere
The Kaduna State Government says it is ready to commence the Kaduna Produce Management Company (KADPMC).
According to agronigeria online, the announcement was made in a statement by the state governor’s Special Assistant, Samuel Aruwan, who noted that the state and its private sector partners are set to provide supportive measures to encourage farmers in the state.
According to the statement, the company is yet to announce the minimum guaranteed price it would offer farmers in the state for selected crops such as; maize, ginger, soya beans, sorghum and tomatoes in the 2018 cropping season.
Aruwan said: “The company will also be responsible for the produce aggregation, storage and quality control services that the old commodity and marketing boards used to provide for farmers and buyers.”
He added that the company is expected to channel output support by guaranteeing minimum prices for selected crops and acting as a buyer of last resort when necessary.
The Kaduna government said the boost to farm output from KADPMC activities is expected to energise value chain promotion by making raw materials readily available to serve the agro-cluster in the Green Agro-Allied Industrial Zone (GAAIZ) that has Olam’s poultry project and OCP Africa’s fertilizer operations as anchor tenants.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai got the approval of the Kaduna State Executive Council for the establishment of KADPMC on 28th November 2016. The agency is conceived as a private-sector led and managed entity, initiated by the Kaduna State Government, to support farmers in the state in a sustainable manner.