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3,700 farmers to ben­e­fit from in­te­grated farms pro­gramme in Kogi

- By Itodo Daniel Sule Business · Nigeria News · Agriculture · Industries · Kogi State · Lokoja

At least, 3,700 farmers are to ben­e­fit from the In­te­grated Farm Set­tle­ments pro­gramme un­der the AP­PEALS-Women and Youth Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gramme in Kogi State.

AP­PEALS Project Co­or­di­na­tor in the state, Dr Sani Ab­dul­lahi Ozomata dis­closed this in Lokoja at the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Kogi State AP­PEALS In­te­grated Farm Set­tle­ment project to mem­bers of the state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil.

He said the farm set­tle­ments will be lo­cated in the three sen­a­to­rial districts of the state with 1700 di­rect ben­e­fi­cia­ries and 2000 in­di­rect ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

Ozomata said the idea of es­tab­lish­ing an in­te­grated farm set­tle­ments for ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the AP­PEALS-Women and Youth Em­pow­er­ment pro­gramme was to de­velop a com­mod­ity-based clus­ter for­ma­tion model with as­so­ci­ated busi­ness in­vest­ment plan lead­ing to the eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment and liveli­hood im­prove­ment of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

Ozomata enu­mer­ated ar­eas of ben­e­fits for the state to in­clude in­crease in in­ter­nally gen­er­ated rev­enues, job cre­ation, and value ad­di­tion to the com­mon sta­ple crops in the state, among oth­ers.

Kogi State gov­er­nor, Ya­haya Bello, in his re­sponse said his ad­min­is­tra­tion would give full sup­port to the es­tab­lish­ment of the in­te­grated farm set­tle­ments for ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the AP­PEALS-Women and Youth Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gramme, de­scrib­ing the ini­tia­tive as a model for other states to em­u­late.

He stated that the im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture as cat­a­lyst for eco­nomic growth could not be overem­pha­sized, hence the com­mit­ment of his ad­min­is­tra­tion to mak­ing agri­cul­ture re­ceive the de­sired at­ten­tion.

In his re­marks, the state deputy gov­er­nor and chair­man, State Steer­ing Com­mit­tee for the AP­PEALS project, Chief Ed­ward Onoja, lauded the in­ge­nu­ity of the state project co­or­di­na­tor in com­ing up with the idea of the in­te­grated farm set­tle­ments, not­ing that the model when im­ple­mented will serve as a ref­er­ence point for other states to em­u­late.

Ear­lier in his ad­dress, the lead con­sul­tant for the es­tab­lish­ment of the in­te­grated farm set­tle­ment, Dr Oyesola oye­banji com­mended the state gov­er­nor for its im­mense sup­port to­wards the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the AP­PEALS project in the state.

He told the gov­er­nor that the in­te­grated farm set­tle­ments when im­ple­mented have the ca­pac­ity to trans­form the agri­cul­tural land­scape of the state. He said the set­tle­ment will en­able ben­e­fi­cia­ries gain ac­cess to com­mon user in­fra­struc­ture that will sup­port the com­mer­cial vi­a­bil­ity of their agribusi­ness en­ter­prise.

 ??  ?? Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of di­rec­tor of lo­cal of Ko­ton-Karfe, Ha­jiya Rakiya Suleiman, desk of­fi­cer of the state emer­gency man­age­ment agency, Ab­dul­lahi A. Ibrahim right present some re­lief ma­te­ri­als do­nated by the
SEMA to the flood vic­tims of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment. The items be­ing re­ceived by the tra­di­tional ruler of Ikumo, Ab­dul­lahi Ya­haya (m) yes­ter­day.
Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of di­rec­tor of lo­cal of Ko­ton-Karfe, Ha­jiya Rakiya Suleiman, desk of­fi­cer of the state emer­gency man­age­ment agency, Ab­dul­lahi A. Ibrahim right present some re­lief ma­te­ri­als do­nated by the SEMA to the flood vic­tims of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment. The items be­ing re­ceived by the tra­di­tional ruler of Ikumo, Ab­dul­lahi Ya­haya (m) yes­ter­day.

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