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Flooding: IFAD / FG Distribute Agro Inputs to Farmers in Nasarawa

By Chris Nyamtu – Lafia

Federal Government has commenced the disbursement of agro-inputs worth over seven hundred million Naira to farmers under the International Fund for Agricultural Development supported Value Chain Development Programme IFAD/ VCDP who were affected by flooding.

National Programme Coordinator IFAD Value Chain Development Programme Dr Fatima Aliyu stated this during the flag-off of the distribution of inputs and equipment for 2023 dry season farming in Lafia the Nasarawa State capital.

The National Programme Coordinator of, the Value Chain Development Programme, Dr Fatima Aliyu stated that the disbursement of the agro-inputs and equipment was a deliberate response by the federal government in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD to provide succour to farmers who suffered losses due to flooding that occurred during the 2023 rainy season.

The Coordinator represented by the Programme Secretary Value Chain Development Programme Mr Safiriyu Alabi explained that 1495 farmers from the nine participating states of the Value Chain Development Programme were to benefit from the agro-inputs to enable them to produce rice during the dry season using an irrigation system.

Some of the benefitting farmers Mrs Grace Usman, Mr Akila Danlami and Mrs Rahab Ayuba who recounted their experiences during the flooding said the gesture had raised their hopes to go back to farming.

Nasarawa State Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources, Mr Nuhu Oshafu while commending the federal government for the gesture noted that the state government would monitor closely to ensure that the items were not diverted.

Over 300 farmers mostly women from 23 farmer groups in Nasarawa State benefitted from the agro-inputs which include water pumps, fertilizers, rice seeds and herbicides.

Representative of Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources Nasarawa presenting farm inputs and equipment to a farmer in Lafia.

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