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APPLY FOR TAG FUNDING IN SELECTED AGRIC VALUE CHAIN


The Technology Adoption Grant (TAG) is a N80,000,000.00 (Eighty Million Naira) private sector matching grant fund aimed at stimulating improved performance in selected agriculture value chains specifically Oil palm and Fisheries, to increase income for actors.
TAG funds will be awarded to eligible individuals and enterprises through a competitive grant process. Successful applicants can receive up to a maximum N1,100,000.00 (One Million, One Hundred Thousand Naira Only). The TAG fund is financed by UK Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by Market Development in the Niger Delta Programme (MADE).
TAG Fund Windows
1. Improving access to affordable improved fish smoking kiln (50-250kg). Access to new kilns will increase health benefits, safety from fire hazards, smoking efficiency, smoking capacity and reduce fuel costs. These will reduce wastage of unprocessed fish and increase incomes for the smokers. Improved fish smoking capacity will increase fish smokers incomes and profitability by reducing on-shore post-harvest losses. Savings will be made from reduction in expenditure on maintenance / reconstruction of housing units and of the old traditional smoking.  Depending on the cost the equipment, the beneficiary equity contribution to MADE cost share is 50:50 and the funding ranges from N250,000.00 – N1,100,000.00

2. Improving access to improved Oil palm processing technologies (3MT/10 hrs shift). As a response to low oil output and earnings experienced by smallholder millers through the use of engine powered digester and a manual press. MADE is encouraging equipment manufacturers to fabricate and sell small sized components of improved palm oil processing technologies. One of such is the NIFOR designed Small Scale Processing Equipment (SSPE) which has been proven to increase oil extraction rate by 30%, reduce time spent on processing and labour usage. MADE seeks lead commercial millers who are interested in acquiring the small set of SSPE for their use and organising demonstrations on its benefits and use targeted at other millers, mill-users and farmers. This is expected to increase awareness on benefits of SSPE and in turn, increase demand for the technologies by miller and mill users, thus leading to increased oil yields. Depending on the cost of the equipment, the beneficiary equity contribution to MADE cost share is 60:40 and the funding up to N400,000.00
3.  Improving access to improved harvesting technologies (Mechanical Harvester 140 FFB/Day; Malaysian Knife 70FFB/Day). Harvesting of oil palm Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) by small and medium scale oil palm plantation farmers in the Niger Delta region is largely a manual operation which is highly inefficient. In addition, climbers are becoming scarce due to changing demographics and rural-urban migration. MADE is engaging with marketers to promote the benefits and use of improved harvesting technologies such as the Mechanical Adjustable Harvester and Malaysian Knife proven to increase the quantity of harvestable FFB by 50% compared to manual method and reduce time spent on harvesting. MADE seeks lead commercial harvesters and farmers groups who are interested in acquiring the Mechanical Adjustable Harvester and Malaysian Knife for their use and organizing demonstrations on its benefits and use targeted at other farmers. This is expected to increase awareness on benefits of the improved harvesting technologies and in turn, increased demand for the technologies by farmers, thus leading to increased FFB output. Depending on the cost of equipment, the beneficiary equity contribution to MADE cost share is 50:50 with MADE carrying 40% and the funding from N15,000.00 – N150,000.00
Eligibility Criteria
1. Be registered and operating in the Niger Delta, Nigeria
2. Must be in satisfactory financial health in terms of being able to demonstrate positive returns
3. Must be able to demonstrate its capacity to execute and operate the business model as agreed and within timeframe
4. Registration with the state chamber of commerce (for Cooperative Societies)
5. Proof of address for individuals and businesses in the various states they operate in
Application Process
1. Identify and review suitable funding window
2. Submit an expression of interest application to the email address below stating; 
  •  Name of Company, enterprises or individual 
  • Address and location 
  • Short brief on proposed business model (one paragraph)
·         Eligible and shortlisted applicants will be contacted for due diligence and assessment
3. Limited grant and support are available for November and December
For Fisheries funding – 08129669065; 08172837089
For Oil palm funding– 08125803282