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Kogi : Gov Bello Pledges Support For IFAD-VCDP

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has reiterated his commitment for the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) towards boosting agriculture and ensuring food security in the state.

Governor Bello stated this when the Country Director, International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD,Ms. Dede Ekoue, led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the Government House, Lokoja, Kogi State.

The Governor who noted that the state used to be called a ‘civil service’ state in spite of its agrarian endowment, said his administration had turned the state into an agricultural hub.

He appreciated the team for the value the IFAD-VCDP activities was adding to the farmers and agricultural produce in the state.

The governor urged the organisation to give more support to farmers especially those whose farmlands were destroyed by the recent flood.

He said that agriculture remained the highest employer of labour in the country, assuring that his government would continue to make it a priority.

He restated that the government and good people of Kogi would continue to partner with IFAD for the citizens to continue to benefit from the programme.

The governor commended President Muhammadu Buhari for what his administration had been doing for the country in terms of agriculture.

Earlier, Ms Ekoue said the team was in the state for a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of IFAD-VCDP activities being implemented in nine states including Kogi.

According to her, the objective was to assess the progress made, critically address the challenges and to further leverage on scaling up the impact.

She appreciated the state government for all the support given to VCDP activities, especially the prompt payment of its counterpart funding, and expressed hope it would continue.

The country director sympathised with the government and people of Kogi over the recent flood that ravaged the state.

She said that IFAD-VCDP was already giving its support to farmers, who were victims in the state through the distribution of farm inputs to boost dry season farming activities.

In his vote of thanks, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr David Apeh said that the partnership with VCDP had resulted in boosting food security, enhanced economic growth and improved the wellbeing of farmers in the state.

Earlier, the State Programme Coordinator (SPC), Dr Stella Adejoh, thanked the governor for full commitment to VCDP activities in the state while expressing her readiness for more effective and efficient programmes’ implementation in the state.

The Value Chain Development Programme, VCDP, Is a Federal Government programme supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (FGN/IFAD-VCDP) to sustainably enhance rural incomes and food security.

Lokoja/Ajifa Ainoko EDITED BY GRACE NAMIJI

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