FADAMA III additional financing, The state Project Co-ordinator for FADAMA III in Enugu State, Mr Jude Ogboke, said over 350 hectares of rice farms in the state would be irrigated for all-year farming in 2018 farming season.
FADAMA is a modern agricultural and agro-allied project, meant to boost local food production and sponsored by the World Bank, Federal and state governments.
Ogboke made the disclosure on Tuesday at the opening of the eighth supervision mission jointly undertaken by the World Bank and the Federal Government in the state.
He said there had been rapid increase in rice yield in the state due to adherence to the best agronomical practice handed down to farmers under the programme.
The coordinator the irrigation construction sites under in the area when completed, would further boost food production with the all-year round cultivation of rice by the various rice farmers’ clusters in the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Emeka Ede, said the state government had put measures in place to ensure sustenance of different agricultural programmes through continued payment of its counterpart funds.
Ede also said that the state government had created necessary ground for optimal utilisation of the programme.
The commissioner, however, called for more empowerment of farmers in the state with the finance needed for processing of farm outputs.
The World Bank Consultant on the mission, Mr Tony Abanum, said that the state government had shown renewed commitment to achieving the objective of the programme with increased payment of counterpart funds.
Mr Ignatius Onyeabuchukwu, one of the farmers said that greater yield would continue to be achieved, adding that more farmers now embraced agronomical practice.
The supervision mission is a platform that affords the team opportunity to have on-the-spot assessment of the progress or otherwise of the implementation of FADAMA III additional financing programme at the various benefiting areas.
The team will visit farms operated by the various farmers’ clusters under the FADAMA III additional financing in the state.