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IFAD distributes inputs to dry-season rice farmers in Taraba

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IFAD distributes inputs to dry-season rice farmers in Taraba

The federal government assisted, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)’s Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), on Friday, flagged off the distribution of inputs to support dry season rice farmers in Taraba State.

 

Gov Darius Ishaku commended IFAD for its initiative to cushion the devastating

effect of the recent flood disaster  in the state and the country.

Represented by the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. David Ishaya, Ishaku said IFAD support would help cushion the losses incurred by some farmers affected by the flood.

The governor warned that the state government would not take it lightly with any farmer caught diverting or reselling the inputs.

“Our administration would continue to create the enabling environment for IFAD-VCDP to thrive and will

continue to support genuine farmers in the State in its quest to put Taraba in its rightful place in the agriculture map of Nigeria.

“Let me warn the  benefitting farmers to use the inputs for the purpose intended because the government will not take it lightly with any farmer caught diverting or reselling the inputs.

“I commend the effort of IFAD- VCDP for the inputs support which has over the years enabled benefitting farmers to apply well-researched and

technologies that have transformed rice and cassava farming in the State.

“This has brought increased income and improved standard of living for the farmers as well as food security to the State and

larger society,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Irimiya Musa the  State Programme Coordinator (SPC) in his welcome address, said IFAD-

VCDP was being implemented in the states, of Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Niger, Ogun, Taraba, Enugu, Nasarawa, and Kogi with the mandate of developing the value chains of cassava and rice.

Irimiya said the programme aside from the support in the areas of input and

infrastructure has also built the capacity of women for making more incomes along the value chains of rice and cassava.

He named  the distribution of starter parks for another set of women trained in the

production of nutrient dense recipes (confectioneries- cassava/Rice cakes, chin-chin, etc) using rice and cassava at the event as an example of such numerous intervention programmes.

Dr. Fatima Aliyu, the National Programme coordinator (NPC) represented by Mrs Ibe Carol, a staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, encouraged farmers to use the inputs for the purpose intended.

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