IFAD gives 861 ve­hi­cles to 7 north­ern states

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Habibu Umar Aminu, Katsina

The In­ter­na­tional Fund for Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment (IFAD) has dis­trib­uted 861 ve­hi­cles to sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a Climate Change Adap­ta­tion and Agri-busi­ness Sup­port Pro­gram in seven states: Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zam­fara, Ji­gawa, Borno and Yobe.

The pro­gram is a six-year $93 mil­lion project be­ing im­ple­mented in the seven states iden­ti­fied to be worst hit by climate change.

Speak­ing in Katsina to launch the dis­tri­bu­tion of the ve­hi­cles, IFAD Agri-busi­ness Spe­cial­ist Achem Bello said the states were se­lected based on their ex­po­sure to the ad­verse ef­fects of climate change, par­tic­u­larly de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion and low rain fall.

Each of the ben­e­fit­ing states, he said, would get 119 mo­tor­cy­cles, three Hilux ve­hi­cles and a Spe­cial Util­ity bus.

The Spe­cial Ad­viser on Agric to Gover­nor Aminu Bello Masari, Dr. Abba Ab­dul­lahi, as­sured the state’s prompt re­lease of coun­ter­part funds for run­ning the pro­gram.

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