JUST IN: AUN Receives $100,000 Grant From Afreximbank For Agric Dev’t

AUN Receives $100,000 Grant From Afreximbank For Agric Dev't

AUN Receives $100,000 Grant From Afreximbank For Agric Dev't

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The American (AUN) Yola in Adamawa State has received the sum of $100,000 as grant from the Export-Import (AfreximBank) to support agriculture information project for rural farmers in the state.

The programme is aimed at covering 60 per cent of the 40 million farmers with mobile devices in by the end of 2024.

The funds targeted at supporting the 's Agricultural Yawo Uniform Information and Access to Market System (A-YUNIAMS) project, seeks to provide seamless information on farming techniques, financial opportunities, market prices of products and weather information to rural farmers through a mobile solution.

The A-YUNIAMS project, which is being implemented by AUN's of Engineering, ASBA Synergy and InnoInspire Ltd, is projected to start in Adamawa State in the North East of Nigeria before scaling to other parts of the country later in the year.

In a letter conveying the offer to AUN, Afreximbank's Director in charge of African Union, African Continental Free Trade Agreement Relations and Trade Policy, Yusuf Daya said that the Bank recognized the “transformative potential of the A-YUNIAMS project and the impact it could have on the lives of rural farmers.

Daya noted that such potential includes providing farmers with information on modern, more resilient crop varieties, efficient farming techniques, funding opportunities and market prices that will empower them to improve their overall capacity and crop yield, and would ensure more sustainable and profitable living.

The Director further noted that the mobile solution would help bridge the information gap faced by rural farmers on modern and more resilient crop varieties and efficient farming practices, among others, and making the profession more sustainable and profitable.

He added that it would also build capacity to improve productivity of rural farmers, help support growth and expansion of local industries that could feed into the economic diversification.

The Project Manager, Dr. Abubakar Sadiq Hussaini, a specialist in Electrical-Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering and Dean of the School of Engineering at AUN, described the A-YUNIAMS project as a powerful tool, from farm to market, at the fingertips of farmers.

He said that the project would bridge the information gap faced by farmers.

“The application will provide farmers with a comprehensive suite of tools, from efficient farming techniques and real-time weather updates to invaluable market insights, empowering them to make informed decisions and to maximize their yields,” he added.

Dr. Hussaini lauded the President of the bank, Prof. Benedict Oramah, and to his team, for the financial support and pledged the project's dedication to improving the wellbeing of rural farmers.

AUN's President, Dr. DeWayne Frazier, also commended Afreximbank's contribution to the varsity, saying that it would make a meaningful difference.

“This gift from Afreximbank is not only timely but also very generous,” Dr Frazier said.

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