N124m to scale up Ogun agric value chain

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Vin­cent A. Yusuf

Ogun State Gov­ern­ment has paid N124.3mil­lion as coun­ter­part fund to the In­ter­na­tional Fund for Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment (IFAD) Value Chain De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (VCDP).

It is the only state that has paid coun­ter­part funds for the state for 2014 and 2015.

Benue re­leased N87 mil­lion as coun­ter­part fi­nanc­ing for 2015, Taraba and Ebonyi paid N37 mil­lion each for 2014 while Anam­bra and Niger re­leased N15 mil­lion and 14.3 mil­lion re­spec­tively for 2014.

Gover­nor Ibikunle Amo­sun while host­ing the IFAD of­fi­cials in Gov­ern­ment House, Abeokuta re­cently said the state wants to com­mer­cial­ize pro­duc­tion of Ofada rice and cas­sava to boost the state’s econ­omy.

In her re­marks, IFAD Nige­ria Coun­try Pro­gramme Man­ager, Ms At­suko Toda told the gover­nor that VCDP had sen­si­tized farm­ers in three lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of the state to see agri­cul­ture as a busi­ness.The VCDP is a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment of Nige­ria and IFAD ini­tia­tive that is sup­port­ing cas­sava and rice value chains for small­holder farm­ers in six states of Benue, Anam­bra, Ebonyi, Niger, Ogun and Taraba.

Photo: NAN.

Com­mu­nity san­i­ta­tion by GreenAiD at the Ung­war Rimi Kudu in Kaduna yes­ter­day.

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