USAID-backed Trade Hub awards $1.2 million grant to boost production of maize, soybeans in Nigeria

The West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) on Monday announced a $1.2 million (N494 million) co-investment grant to Tomato Jos Farming and Processing Limited (Tomato Jos).

The hub, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), said the grant would also help boost smallholder farmers’ maize and soybeans productivity in Kaduna State.

This was disclosed in a statement by Karl Littlejohn, its acting chief of party.

“The USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) has awarded a

494 million naira ($1.2 million) co-investment grant to Tomato Jos Farming and Processing Limited (Tomato Jos) to boost the productivity, incomes, and resilience of maize and soybean smallholder farmers in northern Nigeria’s Kaduna State,” the statement said.

It said Kaduna is the home to approximately 1.3 million farming families, many of who farm both maize and soybean, two of Nigeria’s staple crops.

According to the statement, domestic production of these grains is failing to meet the high market demand because of several limitations faced by farmers, including outdated farming techniques, limited awareness of the market’s quality demand, and a lack of funds to improve their farming practices.

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