The Mastercard Foundation, in partnership with Agrolog General Services Limited, is set to support 60,000 smallholder farmers in vulnerable indigenous ginger farming communities in Kaduna State.
This was revealed by the foundation via a statement. It said the partnership would provide immediate materials, capacity, and structural support to boost ginger production and increase work opportunities for young people and adults in Nigeria.
Speaking on the development, the Managing Director, Agrolog Limited, Dr Manzo Maigari, revealed that in addition to improving yields of ginger from 18 metric tons per hectare to 25MT/ha, the intervention would create 60,000 on and off the farm jobs that would benefit the farmers and their communities by providing economic recovery, growth, and social stability.
“The ginger value chain, if well harnessed, can transform livelihoods. Ginger products such as ginger spices, powder, oil, medicine, tea, and tonic confectioneries hold massive opportunities for smallholder farmers, young people, and women across the entire value chain.”
He further noted that from planting, harvesting, cleaning, cutting, processing, bagging, storage, and sales, the initiative offers a ray of hope to thousands of families in their local communities who have been further paralyzed by the pandemic.
“Now, they would be able to rely on a steady and sustainable income stream through ginger farming and processing,” he added.
Speaking on the partnership, the Country Head, Mastercard Foundation, Chidinma Lawanson, said it is aimed at driving immense production of ginger and create work opportunities for youth across the ginger value chain.
“It also will alleviate the impending threat to food security and livelihoods, which has worsened with the ongoing pandemic.”
The statement added that the partnership would unlock a multitude of benefits to farmers and the farming community.