A total of six hundred and ninety-seven million naira worth of farm inputs is currently being disbursed to farmers by the Federal Government of Nigeria/IFAD VCDP across the nine participating states in Nigeria.
The National Programme Coordinator, FGN/IFAD VCDP, Mr. Garba Bala disclosed this while monitoring the disbursement of the farm inputs in Anambra State.
Correspondent, Ebere Ezeh reports that. Mr. Bala, represented by the Agricultural adviser to the Federal Government/IFAD VCDP, Dr. Chyka Unamma, applauded Anambra State for being the first to commence inputs disbursement for 2021 wet season farming even as he charged beneficiaries to aim at achieving ten tons of rice paddy and forty tones of cassava per hectare, as it is achievable.
He declared their readiness to adopt Governor Willie Obiano’s model of farmers and herders conflict resolution committee at the National level.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Nnamdi Onukwuba represented by the desk officer, Ugbo-azu-uno in the Ministry, Mrs. Juliana Edochie appreciated the FGN/IFAD VCDP for its assistance and urged the beneficiaries to put the inputs into good use to achieve the State’s blue print on agriculture.
The state Programme Coordinator, FGN/IFAD VCDP, Mr. Nnamdi Agwuncha, who explained that the disbursement was aimed at making sure that farmersuse improved inputs and quality agro-chemicals to achieve the state’s target of ten and forty tones per hectare of rice and cassava respectively, affirmed that about fifty-six million naira worth of farm inputs and agro-chemicals will be disbursed to benefiting farmers in Anambra State.
Mr. Agwuncha while assuring the resuscitation of Anambra State farmers/herders conflict resolution committee, warned that any farmer or agro dealer cut in sharp practices with the inputs would be black listed.
In their separate contributions, some of the agro dealers, including Chief Emma Obi and Mrs. Ifeyinwa Ezeokana, for Awka North and Orumba South council farmers respectively, assured continued supply of quality inputs and commended Governor Obiano for attracting such a laudable programme.
Some of the beneficiaries, including Mr. Okwuchukwu Nnedenu from Awka North and his Orumba South local government area counterpart, Mrs. Ngozi Muoneme, whose joy new no bounds, vowed to make the state proud through judicious use of the inputs to achieve food security.
The event climaxed with the proper handover of the inputs to the beneficiaries.