Wednesday, 8 June 2016

IFAD Kicks Off Rice And Cassava Production In Benue

The International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, has flagged off the development of its N800 million, 309 hectares of rice and cassava farm and 35km rural roads development programme across 14 communities of Benue State.

The multimillion Naira projects being executed under the IFAD-Value Chain Development Programme, VCDP, are located in Okpokwu, Guma, Logo and Gwer Local Government Areas of the state.

 Conducting members of the state implementation team round the project sites at Okpokwu and Gwer LGAs, the State Programme Coordinator, Benue IFAD-VCDP, Mr. Emmanuel Igbaukum, said when completed, the projects would boost food production in the state.

He said: “The roads and farmland developments are all IFAD-VCDP projects that would avail our farming clusters the needed access roads and farmland to boost rice and cassava production, aside opening up the communities where they are located.”

Igbaukum, who disclosed that work on the projects was going on simultaneously in the benefitting 14 council wards of the state, urged the communities to closely monitor the contractors to ensure that the projects were properly executed.

In his speech, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. James Ambua, charged the benefiting communities to ensure the safety of the personnel and machinery at the various sites. Earlier, Chairman of Agbangwe Ojapo farming cluster, Joseph Ameh, called for sustained funding for the agricultural sectors to enable farmers produce enough food to feed the nation and for exports.

1 comment:

  1. That is a good development, but there have to extend it to other local government areas.