Plateau Fadama gets N27m grant

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE - From Has­san Ibrahim, Jos

The Plateau State Fadama Pro­ject has ac­cessed N27 mil­lion as take-off grant for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of its five-year pro­gramme tagged, “Fadama Ad­di­tional Fi­nanc­ing (FAF).”

The state pro­ject of co­or­di­na­tor of Fadama, Mr Gideon Dan­dam, who made the dis­clo­sure to jour­nal­ists in Jos, said that Plateau was one of the best per­form­ing states in the fed­er­a­tion and was picked to con­tinue with the pro­ject to make it sus­tain­able na­tion­wide.

Dan­dam ex­plained that the take-off grant was part of the N200 mil­lion ad­di­tional loans the fed­eral gov­ern­ment se­cured for the pro­ject to con­tinue. The pro­ject has four ma­jor crops as its fo­cal area namely: cas­sava, rice, sorghum, and veg­eta­bles- mainly toma­toes.

Dan­dam said, “The N27 mil­lion was re­leased to us in Plateau to kick-start the fi­nanc­ing of the new Fadama pro­ject. As we all know, the old pro­ject ended in 2013, but the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, through the in­ter­ven­tion of the World Bank, de­cided to pick some per­form­ing states to con­tinue.

“In the old pro­ject, the monies given to states came as cred­its; they paid back, but in this new one, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment got the money as loan to be dis­bursed to ben­e­fit­ting states as grants. The new pro­ject has four ma­jor crops: cas­sava, rice, sorghum and veg­eta­bles to fo­cus on, but Plateau has the man­date to pro­duce, process and mar­ket toma­toes.’’

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