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Ifad Commends Niger Over Counterpart Funding For Rice, Cassava

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 5:33 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinwendu Nnadozie,  Minna


The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has commended the Niger State Government for prompt payment of its counterpart funding for Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) for rice and cassava.

National Coordinator of IFAD, Dr. Ahmed Onoja, made the commendation during his two-day familiarisation visit to the state, explaining further that IFAD would offer technical support to rice and cassava farmers for improved yield in the state.

Niger State, according to him, was among the six states of Anambra, Ebonyi, Benue, Ogun and Taraba selected for the six years improved farming programme which b egan since August 2014.

State Project Coordinator, Dr. Ahmed Matthew, had earlier disclosed that IFAD and the state government paid a total of N528 million and N79.4 million respectively as counterpart fund per annum while the Federal Government manages national office of the fund.

Aside the counterpart funding of the programme, Matthew further hinted that IFAD would provide N500,000 worth of farm imputes such as improved seedlings, fertilisers and pesticides to enable farmers protect their crops from pests.

Also speaking, Niger State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Prof. Mohammed Kuta Yahaya, assured of the administration’s preparedness to do everything possible to ensure success of the programme.

The Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu led government has initiated favourable agricultural policies and programmes to attract investors to the state he said, adding: “We want to make sure that agriculture is the main stay of our economy in Niger State”.

Yahaya, therefore, called on relevant development partners to make good use of the opportunity of the investor friendly policies of the government and arable farmland to invest in the state, especially in the area of rice farming.