No fewer than 8,077 rice and cassava farmers in Taraba State got agro inputs from the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s Value Chain Development Programme between 2015 and 2019.
The Federal Government made it possible.
The Programme Coordinator of the body in the state, Irimiya Musa, said this on Friday during the distribution of agro inputs in Sunkani, Ardo-kola Local Government Area of the state.
Musa, who said 1,781 farmers were selected to benefit from the support in 2019, added that the agency would support the benefiting farmers with 50 per cent of the total cost of inputs amounting to N64, 542,500 this year.
He said, “This exercise is to support our farmers on a matching grant basis of 50 per cent contribution from farmers paid directly to the accredited input dealers at the point of collection while the programme pays the balance of 50 per cent thereafter.
“This is just one of the moves to support our farmers to move them from an average 1.5 to 5.9 metric tonnes per hectare for rice during raining season and from 2.5 to 7.89 irrigated farming.”
Permanent Secretary, Taraba State Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Jeremiah Danjuma, praised the IFAD-VCDP and the state government for the input support to farmers to boost rice and cassava production in the state.
He noted that the state government would continue to support genuine farmers in the state in her quest to put Taraba in her rightful place in the agriculture map of Nigeria.
Danjuma appealed to the benefiting farmers not to sell the inputs but use them for the purpose intended.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Fatima Abdullahi appreciated the government for the efforts in supporting farmers to boost agriculture in the state.
Our correspondent reports that fertilizers, agro chemicals, sprayers, rice seedlings and cassava stems were distributed to benefiting farmers at the occasion.