The Federal Government, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development-Value Chain Development Programme, has distributed rice farm inputs worth more than N25m to farmers in Enugu. The inputs were distributed during the beginning of the Agency’s 2022/2023 dry season agro-input distribution at the IFAD/VCDP office in Enugu. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the items include bags of rice seeds, bags of NPK fertilisers, bags of Indorama Urea fertilisers, herbicides of selective and non-selective brands. Others are, rice planters and harvesters, de-stoning machines, water pumps, rice milling machines, cassava processing machines
Addressing the farmers, the National Programme Coordinator, Dr. Fatima Aliyu, said the programme focused on the rural poor farmers. Aliyu, who was represented by the Value Chain Development Programme Agricultural Production Adviser, Dr. Chyka Unamma, appreciated farmers for their enthusiasm in the programme. “We support farmers in groups and not individual and from our research, rice does well in dry season”, he said. He, therefore,
On the same note, Dr. Mathew Idu, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources said that “stomach infrastructure” supersedes other infrastructure. He thanked the coordinators at all levels for the programme and urged farmers to take advantage of it and get themselves out of poverty. The Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, South East zone, Dr. Benjamin Puja, praised the coordinator for a wonderful scorecard. He said the Federal Ministry of Agriculture was proud to identify with what FGN/IFAD-VCDP was doing in the state. “With the support of this project to farmers, especially women who form the largest part of farming population in Nigeria, I’m just proud of you”, he said. A traditional ruler, Igwe Abel Nwobodo, the grand patron of traditional rulers in the state, prayed for God’s favour upon the State Coordinator and his staff.
Source: Nigerian Tribune