Cas­sava pro­duc­tion picks up in Kogi

Daily Trust - - GOLDEN HARVEST -

The Fadama III Ad­di­tional Fi­nanc­ing (Fadama III-AF) agri­cul­tural pro­gramme of the World Bank be­ing im­ple­mented for farm­ers in Kogi State to boost cas­sava cul­ti­va­tion and pro­cess­ing has started yield­ing re­sults.

Cas­sava farm­ers, who spoke when the 5th World Bank/ Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Mis­sion on Fadama III-AF, said the sup­port and train­ing they re­ceived had en­abled them to har­vest bet­ter yields.

The chair­man of Ojap­ata Fadama III-AF Cas­sava clus­ters, Mr Pa­trick At­tah, who spoke on be­half of other farm­ers, com­mended the ini­tia­tive, not­ing that many women and youth have now de­vel­oped in­ter­est in cas­sava farm­ing and pro­cess­ing.

“We want to bring to your no­tice that the mar­ket for cas­sava is not a prob­lem as we have an es­tab­lished re­la­tion­ship with buy­ers of the prod­ucts in the east, south and north­ern parts of the coun­try,” he said.

He com­mended the World Bank for sup­port­ing cas­sava farm­ers in his clus­ters to clear over 60 hectares of land to boost cas­sava pro­duc­tion, adding that cas­sava farm­ers in the com­mu­nity will no longer know poverty with such ini­tia­tive.

Leader of the 5th World Bank/Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Mis­sion to Kogi on Fadama III (AF), Dr Salau Sheu, said the ini­tia­tive to move farm­ers away from sub­sis­tence to busi­nes­sori­ented agri­cul­ture was yield­ing re­sults.

Speak­ing at the end of its three-day visit to project sites across the state, the team leader ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the World Bank sup­ported projects with spe­cial fo­cus on cas­sava pro­duc­tion.

He said the ob­jec­tive of the project was to use the mar­ket to drive the value chain in ef­fect­ing the ex­pected par­a­digm shift from sub­sis­tence to mar­ke­to­ri­ented farm­ing with farm­ers ap­proach­ing agri­cul­ture from a busi­ness per­spec­tive.

A cas­sava pro­cess­ing stand in Kogi State

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