At least 6,000 crop and livestock farmers in Kwara State have benefited from the first round of government and the World Bank-enabled support agricultural value chain.
The State Governor, Malam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the Flag off of the programme, in ilorin East Local Government Area of the State, said the Programme was part of measures to strengthen food security and protect vulnerable households from post-COVID-19 challenges.
Governor AbdulRazaq said the administration has keyed into many initiatives such as the FADAMA NG-CARES (Results Area 2) to empower as many vulnerable families as possible to get over hardship imposed by the COVID-19.
According to the governor, the programme involved provision of agricultural inputs and services and agricultural assets for production and primary processing.
He said the 3,000 livestock and fishery farmers which benefited from inputs and assets, and 3,000 crop farmers who also received inputs and assets of different kinds for women and youths cuts across the 16 LGAs of the State.
He explained that the intervention would continue for the next 18 months, to ensure that many farmers as possible benefit.
State Commissioner for Finance, Florence Olasumbo Oyeyemi, said the government had enlisted Kwara in the NG-Cares programme to enable poor farmers recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, charging the beneficiaries to put what they are given to good use to promote food security and boost the economy.
State Project Coordinator for FADAMA, Busari Toyin Isiaka, who said Kwara under Governor AbdulRazaq had achieved what no other state in the Country has achieved under the initiative, thanked the present administration for its support for the agency.
By Lawrence Afolabi.