Sat. May 8th, 2021

Agric Programme Initiated by Nasarawa state governor, With Equivalent fund pay of N176 million

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The Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has initiated the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), which is inaugurated to advance the chain value of cassava and rice for small farmers in the state.
The Federal Government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) initiated the VCPD.
The governor on Wednesday in Wamba Local Government Area, spoke on the inauguration of some finalised projects by VCPD, he commended the Federal Government and IFAD for the excellent initiative.
The governor also said, he trust that the programme was made efficiently to reduce the rate of poverty, which would ensure food security and generate income for small-scale farmers.
In addition gave an assurance that the programme would somewhat improve the processing and marketing of rice and cassava, and also enhance the advancement of a better economic growth on renewable basis.
Still on his address he explained further that the state had since initialized into the VCDP and made necessary provisions and resources to ensure its smooth take off.
“Nasarawa State Government had keyed into the VCDP on July 1, 2020 and subsequently released N176 million as counterpart funds for projects implementation for two years,” he added.
He made the reaffirmation that the state government would continue to be in alignment with the Federal Government policies under his guidance with the view to providing the desired development to the people.
“For this reason, we have attracted investors like Olam Nig. Ltd, Dangote Group, Azman Rice, Flour Mill, among others to the state towards acceleration of economic growth and development,” he added.
The governor made an appeal to enthusiastic groups and individuals, to associate with the government on areas concerning critical human development, such as healthcare delivery, educational services, agricultural development, among others.
Prior to his address, Dr Eunice Adgidzi, Nasarawa State Coordinator of VCDP, made mention of the programme being a completed multi-million naira projects cutting across five LGAs in the state within the space of nine months of it being implemented.
She also called out the five LGAs that were presently taking advantage of the programme to include, Lafia, Doma, Wamba, Karu and Nasarawa.
“So far, we have completed five solar powered boreholes, three market stores containing ten stores each, three market stalls containing fourteen stalls each.
“One market stall as well as two cassava model processing mill with creche and restrooms still ongoing.
“Over 2, 233 farmers from 204 farmer’s organisations engaging in rice and cassava production, processing and marketing were profiled and benefiting from VCDP interventions across the participating LGAs,” she added.
VCDP has distributed 3, 850 kg of oved varieties of seeds, 23,100kg of fertilizers and 154 litres of selective and non-selective herbicides to 136 farmers, said Adgidzi.
She went further to say 300 farmers were trained on financial literacy by VCDP, with the aim of helping them access loan and other financial services to improve their production.

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