Enugu Govt Takes Advantage of APPEALS Project for Food Production, Job Creation

The Enugu State Government has pledged its commitment to ensure the full implementation of the APPEALS Project as part of a strategy to achieve the State Government’s 8-point Agenda of boosting food production and job creation.
The State Deputy Governor and Chairman, State Steering Committee of the APPEALS Project in the State – Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo revealed this at the opening ceremony of the ongoing Pre-6th Implementation Support Mission ahead of the Project’s Midterm Review by the World Bank in February, 2021.
Mrs Ezeilo said the APPEALS Project is designed to enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium-scale farmers and improve value addition along the State’s priority value chains of Cashew, Poultry, and Rice.

She appealed to the National Coordinating Office of the Project to assist the state to fast-track the implementation of the project as it’s lagging behind compared to other participating states in the Project.

In his presentation, the National Project Coordinator, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Jodi explained that the ongoing Pre-implementation Support Mission is to review implementation progress across all project components to ensure the project is on track to achieve its development objectives.
In his vote of thanks, the State Project Coordinator, Enugu APPEALS – Mr. Christian Nwachukwu Odigbo thanked and appreciated the support of the state government on the implementation of the project in the state.

As part of the pre-mission exercise in the state, field visits to six Cluster Associations of Poultry, Rice processing, and Cashew production have been scheduled for today, January 28, 2021.

APPEALS Project Will Boost Agricultural Productivity – National Coordinator

The National Coordinator of the APPEALS Project, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Jobdi has reaffirmed the commitment of the APPEALS Project towards boosting the agricultural productivity of small and medium-scale farmers and value addition along the priority value chains in the six participating states.

The National Project Coordinator made this known in Lagos State today during the opening ceremony of the ongoing Pre-Mission exercise to the state, ahead of the World Bank 6th Implementation Support Mission.

Jobdi said that the project has recorded significant achievements in Lagos State with the election and training of beneficiaries of the Women and Youth Empowerment Programme, the development of Business Investment Plans by beneficiaries and all other areas of the Project’s interventions.

‘’We flagged off the mission to take stock of what we have done, and to see if the Project is on track and see how we can forge ahead before the World Bank midterm review of the project,’’ he said.

Alhaji Sani Jobdi thanked and appreciated the Lagos State Government for the prompt payment of counterpart funds and for providing good leadership for the implementation the project in the state.

In her keynote address, the Lagos State Commissioner of Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya explained that stakeholders are satisfied with the level of the project’s interventions in the state.

Ms. Abisola who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Oluyiwole Onusanya, said that so far, a total of 879 farmers, SMEs have been supported directly with physical inputs and equipment across poultry, rice, and aquaculture value chains while 3,516 stakeholders have benefitted indirectly.

Dr Onunsanya added that over eight thousand farmers had received training/ demonstrations with strong evidence of a positive effect on the Project Development Objective.

In her vote of thanks, the State Project Coordinator Mrs Oluranti Sagae-Oyiebo thanked the support of the state government, National Coordinating Office Abuja and the World Bank on the implementation of the project and pledged to do more toward the achievement of the project in the state.