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Ebonyi Farmers To Benefit From Ifad’s Programme

Posted: May 11, 2015 at 12:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Farmers in Ebonyi State are to benefit from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s Implementation Support Scheme Programme to boost food production in the state.

The state’s Agriculture Development Programme Coordinator, Mr Sunday Ituma, disclosed this in Abakaliki during a facility tour of the state.
According to him, the scheme was aimed at assisting the rural farmers through proper budgeting and policy implementation.
“It will assist the farmers in the provision of necessary farm input, infrastructure such as roads, bridges and culverts and widening of market opportunities for their farm produce.

“The team visited the Abakaliki Rice Mill, interacted with the traders with the aim of expanding market opportunities for their produce, improvement on the quality and standard of their produce, among others,” he said.

Ituma added that the IFAD team was in the state to strengthen relevant institutions, examine modalities put in place by the state for the scheme’s implementation and issues concerning budget, logical framework for the programme among others.

“The team expects the state to institute necessary framework, programme management unit, state steering committee, among other requirements for successful implementation of the programme,” he said.

Ituma noted that the government has fulfilled all the requirements and would soon begin the programme in the state.

“We have constituted the state steering committee, signed the memorandum of understanding, which has been evaluated by the state’s attorney general and forwarded to IFAD and Federal Ministry of Agriculture.”

According to the ADP coordinator, the state government is also selecting intervention areas.The team leader, Miss Atsuko Toda, said the team was satisfied with the modalities put in place by Ebonyi government for the implementation of the programme.

Toda, who is also the IFAD Country Programme Manager for West and Central Africa, said the team was satisfied with the facilities on the ground and payment of the counterpart fund.

“We will commence work immediately in the state with more concentration on production and aggregation of rice clusters in Izzi, Ikwo and Afikpo South Local Government Areas of the state.

“We will also ensure that farmers access necessary funds for increased food production, while also providing them with necessary farm inputs,” she said.