The Federal Government has commenced distribution of agro-processing equipment and farm inputs to small scale farmers in five local government areas of Nasarawa State under the Value Chain Development Programme.
At the distribution and inauguration of agro projects in Ashangwa village of Lafia Local Government Areas of the state, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammed Abubakar noted that the drive towards food security in the country was yielding positive results.
The minister, represented by the Director, Project Coordinating Unit of the ministry, Dr Kush Kukwi said the federal government will not relent in providing the needed resources to enhance agricultural production in all parts of the country.
The National Coordinator, International Fund for Agricultural Development Programme, Dr. Fatima Aliyu explained that the project which is focused on engaging small holder farmers especially women and youths in cassava and rice production was to reduce rural poverty and increase food security.
She stated that the agro processing equipment which were for dry season farming would be distributed to 72 farmers selected from nine Farming Organizations in the five local government areas the IFAD assisted Value Chain Development Programme was being implemented in Nasarawa state.
Nasarawa State Coordinator Value Chain Development Programme, Dr Eunice Adigidzi pointed out that the Programme had drawn more rural women to food production since its implementation in the state in 2020.
Equipment distributed to the farmers include power tillers, threshers, transplanters and tricycles.
The event also featured inauguration of agricultural projects constructed across the the five local government areas of Doma, Wamba,Lafia, Nasarawa and Karu.
Reporting by Chris Nyamtu; Editing by Oluwaseyi & Annabel Nwachukwu