IFAD extends projects to three states

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The International Fund for Agricultural Development ( IFAD ) has disclosed plans to extend the phase two of its Value Chain Development Project (VCDP).

The programme, which is being implemented in six states, would be extended to three states.

The IFAD West and Central Africa Regional Director, Lisandro Martins, made these disclosures during a visit to the Cassava Women Processing Center in Lokogoma in Wushishi local government area of Niger state.

The Nation learnt the IFAD VCDO project, which started in 2015, should have ended in 2020.

However, the Regional Director did not say how long the next phrase would last.

“Because of the success we have seen in Niger state, we are planning the extension of the VCDP Project and we will be scaling it up to three additional states,” he stated.

He confessed the visit to the rice and cassava value chain centres have given the organisation new ideas on how IFAD can support the government of Nigeria in moving the project forward.

Martins said he was impressed on how enthusiastic the youths and women in the communities welcome the projects and tend to turn it into profit making business that would improve their lives.

He gave the assurance of the Agency intervention to scale up the processing capacity of the facilities in all the VCDP processing centers to benefit more members of the communities.

The IFAD Country Director, Nadine Dominique Gbossa said Niger state is the success story of IFAD, which is the reason why the Regional Director was in the state for the visit.

She explained IFAD had succeeded in linking the producers with the off takers, a development, which she said had greatly improved the income of the farmers and processors.

The Niger state Programme Coordinator, Dr. Mathew Ahmed disclosed 15,627 farmers in the state, which include 11,948 rice farmers and 3,679 cassava farmers, have benefitted from the programme.

He added that in the rice production value chain, over 700 youths have been gainfully engaged while over 150 women from other communities go to Lokogoma to learn modern processing techniques and process their garri.

 

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