FG, IFAD, VCDP distribute farm inputs to Enugu rural farmers

Federal Government, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in collaboration with the assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) has distributed cassava and rice inputs to 1,495 farmers in Enugu state.

The 2022 wet season input distribution was flagged-off at Enugu East local government area.

In his welcome address, Dr Chyka Unamma, the Agricultural Production Adviser, IFAD-VCDP, said the rural farmers were duly registered and profiled.

Unamma, who represented the National Programme Coordinator, IFAD-VCDP, Dr Fatima Aliyu, said the programme provided improved inputs for food sufficiency.

“We do not aim at providing improved inputs alone but ensure it reached the final end of targeted 1,495 farmers with 208 hectares of farmland in the state.

“IFAD-VCDP get land, develop them, give it to farmers and any land we developed will be given to farmers for 10 years programme,” he said.

Dr Edward Isiwu, the state coordinator of VCDP, said the inputs given to the farmers were improved ones from a satisfied institute.

“The cassava inputs are improved ones, known as TMA 419 from the National Roots Research Institute, Umudike, Umuahia.

“Here we have, rice, fertilizer and agro chemicals. We have prepared 30 hectares of farmland in Enugu east for the farmers.

“We are also preparing another 30 hectares at Udenu for the famers from that local government area,” he said.

(Blueprint)

APPEALS, Most Successful Project Implemented in Nigeria – Kaduna Govt

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

Kaduna State Commissioner of Agriculture, Alhaji Ibrahim Hussaini, has noted that the Agro Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project is the most successful project implemented in Nigeria.

The Commissioner in his observation at the weekend during the 8th World Bank and Federal Government Implementation Support Mission (ISM) for APPEALS in Kaduna State, said the way the project is being managed placed it above every other intervention projects in the country.

According to him, “APPEALS is one of the project that is impacting positively on the livelihood and empowerment of small holders farmers especially women and youths.”

He added that Kaduna is on course and making significant progress in the implementation of the project despite initial challenges.

“We have made significant progress, initially we had few challenges which were internal and we have addressed them thoroughly.

“So the progress is impressive, we are on course and we also complying with the implementation guidelines of the World Bank and the National Coordinating Unit

APPEALS is a six-year Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), project supported by the World Bank.

The Project is in line with the Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) 2016-2020 of the Federal Government of Nigeria, also known as the Green Alternative, which built on the legacy of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA); and plans to support policy thrusts on Food Security, Local Production, Job Creation and Economic Diversification.

The State Project Coordinator, Dr. Yahaya Aminu, said the support mission was a clinic aimed to review implementation progress by identifying progress and gaps along all the project components and also look at challenges and recommend ways to address the challenges to ensure the project is on track.

Zamfara trains 5,000 women, youths in modern fish farming

Zamfara State has trained 5,000 women and youths in modern fish farming under Gov. Bello Matawalle’s Youths Farmers Empowerment Scheme.

The latest set of trainees was given fish farming equipment worth millions of Naira in Gusau on Sunday.

The training was organised and sponsored by the Commissioner for Finance, Sufiyanu Yuguda.

The Head of Service, Kabiru-Muhammad Gayari, who represented the governor at the distribution of equipment, urged the trainees to use the training given to them judiciously.

He said the training was one government’s numerous empowerment schemes designed to eradicate unemployment and idleness among youths and to reduce their over-dependence on government.

“It is our hope that the participants will use both skills and equipment given to them to become self-reliant and establish their own businesses,’’ Gayari said.

The Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, who was present at the occasion, commended the finance commissioner for sponsoring the programme.

He urged other political office holders to emulate Yuguda to reduce unemployment and poverty in the state.

Special Adviser to Gov. Matawalle on political matters, Ibrahim Ma’aji, who represented the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman in Zamfara, Alhaji Tukur Danfulani described Gov. Matawalle’s administration as youths and women oriented.

He said the APC is proud of government in the state considering various development programme initiated for the masses.

Earlier, Yuguda said he dedicated the project to Matawalle.

“This is one of the laudable blueprints of Matawalle-led administration in the state to help to promote income-generation by the poor and the vulnerable.

“We will continue to do more to ensure that the dividends of democracy got to the common man.

“After this training, there will be a follow-up to access the sustainability of the project for us to register another set of the beneficiaries,’’ Yuguda said.

Aliyu Umar and Umaima Ibrahim who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries commended Gov. Matawalle and Yuguda for giving them the opportunity to improve on their lives.

Source: Vanguard News

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.