FGN/IFAD-VCDP distribute agric inputs worth over N134.6m to farmers in Anambra





 FGN/IFAD-VCDP distribute  agric inputs worth over N134.6m to farmers in Anambra




 Agricultural inputs worth more than N134.6 million have distributed to 1, 260 wet season rice and cassava farmers by the (Federal Government of Nigeria/International Foods and Agricultural Development-Value Chain Development Programme (FGN/IFAD-VCDP) in Anambra.

Dr Foster Ihejiofor, the state commissioner for Agriculture disclosed this while monitoring the distribution of the inputs to farmers at Umunze, Orumba South and Achalla, Awka North Local Government Areas respectively on Wednesday.

Ihejiofor said the inputs comprising bags of NPK and Urea fertilizers, cassava cuttings, rice seed and litres of selective and non-selective herbicides came from the partnership between the state and FGN/IFAD-VCDP.

“In line with the partnership, a benefitting farmer who must be a member of cooperative society paid 50 per cent of the cost while the remaining 50 per cent was paid by the state government and FGN/IFAD-VCDP”, he said.

The commissioner said he was impressed with the commitment shown by the farmers, saying that government’s expectations was that beneficiaries should ensure production of more foods.

“You should ensure that the inputs you received are put into use by producing more foods to reduce the high cost of foods.

“Do not sell the inputs in the markets because anyone caught in such act would be sanctioned because the state government’s intention is to make Anambra a food basket of the country”, he said.



Mr Emmanuel Agwuncha, state Programme Coordinator, FGN/IFAD-VCDP, Anambra said the group was funding farmers who cultivate between one and five haectres of rice or cassava.

“Each cassava farmer is expected to get 200kg of NPK, two litres of selective and non-selective herbicides and 50 bundles of certified cassava cutting.

“For rice farmers, each person will get 200 kg of NPK, 100kg of Urea fertilizers, two litres of selective and non-selective herbicides and 40kg of certified faro 44 rice seeds”, he said.

He regretted that the redemption of the inputs was coming a bit late, saying that the delay was due to late passage of their budget.

“Our budget for the year 2022 was approved some time in May/June last year, we usually begin our budget process from Community levels before the steering committee’s approval.

“It is after that that we move to federal level where the delay often occurs, but if after the approval by the steering committee, we are permitted to execute our budgets, the delay will no longer occur”, he said.

Agwuncha who encouraged farmers to take advantage of opportunities available to increase yields, added that a lot of opportunities abound for participating farmers.

“Some farmers are already getting six tons from one haectres, we do not want to go down, we are ready to support you to even do more.

“We have enough extension officers, we have farmer-field business school where farmers learn and we equally have demonstration plus in each of the clusters, you should make full use of these opportunities”, he said.

Mr Vincent Okeke, an official of Project Coordinating Unit, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Awka said he was impressed with the performance of farmers and IFAD-VCDP officials at the event.

Mr James Igweka, a beneficiary from Umunze area thanked the FGN/IFAD-VCDP and Anambra government for the gesture and assured that they would not betray the terms of the partnership

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