The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has assisted 2,242 rice and cassava farmers with inputs in Taraba State, in an effort to boost food crop production.
The State IFAD Programme Coordinator, Irimiya Musa, who made this known to journalists in Jalingo on Friday.
According to him, the aid was a necessity for the farmers provided through IFAD’s Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) matching grant system.
Musa informed that items which were distributed to the farmers include: 7,514 bags of Nitrogen Phosphorous and Potassium (NPK) fertilizer, 2,563 bags of Urea and 8,564 litres of herbicides, in five selected Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
The coordinator who listed the selected LGAs and number of each beneficiaries said they were: Wukari- 603, Takum- 478, Gassol -556, Ardo-Kola -503 and 101 from Karim-Lamido.
Musa explained that the matching grant was a system where individual beneficiaries from their various cooperatives, would provide half of required inputs needed for the farming season and IFAD would provide other half.
He said that the inputs support programme was aimed at assisting the farmers, in order to facilitate expansion process in their farms for increased productivity for rest of the year.
“The Taraba State Government is delighted to get support for 2, 242 rice and cassava farmers in the matching grant system, which is meant to aid farmers to expand their farms for increased productivity and improve their standard of living.
“The programme is in line with the overall goal of the IFAD-VCDP, which has been working really hard to tackle poverty among rural farmers in the state” Musa said.
A rice farmer, Atthanisus Maiyaiki, from Nwaddah in Karim-Lamido, who benefited from the inputs support of VCDP through the grant system, told newsmen that the assistance had enabled him expand his rice farm.
“The programme assisted me with six bags of fertilizer– four NPK and two urea and I added six bags which were applied on the two hectares of rice farm, which is doing well,” he said.
Maiyaiki also expressed gratitude to the IFAD-VCDP, for helping him achieve an upgrade in his farming skills, through series of training on agronomic best practices and inputs support.
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