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IFAD to boost rice, cassava production in Nigeria with N1.5bn

Posted: Apr 26, 2015 at 12:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Small farm owners engaged in the production of rice and cassava in Nigeria are to benefit from a  N1.5 billion fund set aside by the International  Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for the current.

The fund would enable the farmers access to fertilisers and agro chemicals as well as improved cuttings and certified rice seeds.

This was disclosed the IFAD Country Portfolio Manager, Mrs Atsoko Toda, in Lokoja, during the opening of a two-day workshop on small farm holders’ productivity enhancement component held in the outgoing week.

Toda explained that part of the money will be used to train the small holder farmers on sustainable agricultural practices and production techniques.

Part of the training, she said, would focus on how to add value to rice and cassava production so as to enhance their income, create wealth and jobs for the youths.

According to her, the programme tagged IFAD-Value Chain Development will go a long way to achieve food sufficiency for the country.

Toda explained that IFAD decided to focus on rice and cassava because of their capacity to quickly increase the total volume of food available to the people.

She added that processors will also be encouraged to produce polished and stone-free rice so as to discourage Nigerians from going for imported rice.

She explained that the workshop was organised to deliberate upon and arrive at a strategic framework for the implementation of the component two of the IFAD-VCDP.

The programme would be implemented in Anambra, Niger, Ogun, Taraba, Benue and Ebonyi.