By Chris Nyamtu – Lafia
In Nasarawa State, Over four thousand rice and cassava farmers are benefitting from the federal government’s Value Chain Development Programme in the 2021 farming season.
Coordinator, Value Chain Development Programme -Additional Financing, Dr. Eunice Adigidzi stated this at a stakeholders meeting and knowledge fair in Lafia the Nasarawa State capital.
Dr. Eunice Adigidzi while giving an overview of the programme since commencement in the state over three years ago, said the Project was committed to achieving rural poverty reduction, enhancement of food security and accelerated economic growth.
The Coordinator represented by Knowledge and Communications Officer of the Value Chain Development Programme-Additional Financing, Mr Akwe Samson Jonah noted that some farmer groups under the programme had recorded unprecedented results by producing 7.5 metric tonnes per hectare above the global standard of 4.5 tonnes per hectare in the 2021 harvest season.
State Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Ofomata Ikechukwu called for periodic sensitization and engagements to encourage more farmers to the Programme for enhanced food production.
One of the Participants, Mr Ango Adamu who is the Executive Secretary of Young Men Christian Association pointed out that the knowledge fair would enrich beneficiaries in modern farming.
Mr. Ango Adamu however called for transparency and early distribution of inputs to farmers for optimal productivity.