IFAD-VCDP distributes 191 water pumps; agric inputs to Anambra farmers

IFAD-VCDP distributes 191 water pumps; agric inputs to Anambra farmers

By Francis Onyeukwu, Awka.

 

The International Fund for Agricultural Development-Value Chain Development Programme (IFAD-VCDP) on Friday distributed 191 water-pumping machines and other agricultural inputs, worth N595 million, to farmers in Anambra State.

 

Dr Fatima Aliyu, Acting National Programme Coordinator of FGN/IFAD-VCDP, made the presentation to farmers, drawn from eight benefiting local government areas of the state in Awka.

 

She said that the agricultural inputs and water-pumping machines were meant to boost dry season farming.

 

Represented by Mrs Vera Onyilo, an IFAD-VCDP official, Aliyu said that a total of 1,495 farmers from the nine VCDP participating states of Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Enugu, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun and Taraba were supported with inputs.

 

According to her, beneficiaries will make use of the inputs to produce rice during the current dry season under irrigation system.

 

“The inputs, worth N595 million, which include pumping machines, resistant rice seeds and other agricultural inputs, were distributed to the farmers affected by the recent flood disaster in the state,” she said.

 

According to her, each farmer is expected to cultivate one hectare of rice farm.

 

She lauded Gov. Charles Soludo for his commitment and support to IFAD-VCDP in Anambra State and assured him of the agency’s sustained collaboration to improve the livelihood of the farmers.

 

Mrs Chiamaka Nnake, Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, expressed Gov. Soludo’s appreciation to the agency for the gesture.

 

She said the Soludo-administration was passionate about agro-economic development of the state.

 

Dr Foster Ihejiofor, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, said that with the inputs, farmers had been empowered to engage in sustainable agricultural production.

 

“This is a great way of creating wealth and employment for the farmers in the state,” he said.

 

Ihejiofor added that Gov. Soludo, who recognised the impact of IFAD-VCDP, would, however, want its programmes to fit into the vision and mission of his administration on agricultural and economic policies.

 

The State Coordinator of the VCDP, Mr Emmanuel Agwuncha, reiterated the need for the farmers to judiciously use the inputs for optimal productivity to continue to be in business.

 

He also reminded them that their project plans would not be approved without valid insurance schemes, aimed at protecting the farmers and their farmlands, crops, equipment and others from any hazards.

 

Some of the beneficiaries, in their remarks, commended the management of IFAD-VCDP for the gesture.

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