Over 4,000 rice and cassava farmers in Nasarawa State are benefitting from the Federal government’s Value Chain Development Programme in 2021’s farming season.
Coordinator, Value Chain Development Programme—Additional Financing, Dr Eunice Adigidzi stated this at a Stakeholders Meeting and Knowledge Fair in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital.
Dr Adigidzi said the project was committed to achieving rural poverty reduction, enhancement of food security and accelerated economic growth.
Represented by Knowledge and Communications Officer of the Value Chain Development Programme—Additional Financing, Mr Akwe Samson Jonah, Dr Adigizi 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.
One of the Participants, Mr Ango Adamu who is the Executive Secretary of Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) pointed out that the fair would enrich beneficiaries in modern farming techniques and however called for transparency and early distribution of inputs to farmers for optimal productivity.
Reporting by Chris Nyamtu; editing by Muzha Kucha