Delta to disburse N22m to rural farmers — Commissioner




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ASABA – The has earmarked N22 million for disbursement to rural farmers the National Programme for Food Security (NPFS), Mr Misan Ukubeyinje, the for and Natural , said.

Ukubeyinje told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba Sunday the fund disbursement had already commenced.

He said “ recently disbursed cheque to three benefiting groups from Ugbenu in Ethiop West Local Area, Ayokoromo and Abigborodo in Warri North and each of these groups received N3 million to support their farms.’’

The added the disbursement, which had been since 2002, being sustained through a counterpart fund between the state and the federal .

He noted the state government recently paid its counterpart fund for the year, thereby creating an opportunity for participating farmers group to draw down demand for the amount needed to boost food production in the state.

The programme being managed by the state’ Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) in Ibusa, to ensure effective disbursement and efficient utilisation of the funds by participating groups.

According to Ukubeyinje, there are nine participating groups in the programme representing three communities from each of the three districts of the state.

“Graciously, the Delta Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, paid the state counterpart fund this year to enable farmers who met the obligations to have access to the loan.

“These funding is to uplift the poorest of the poor farmers across the three districts and has impacted positively on the lives of the in those communities.

“This programme is being run by the ADP and expected to be paid back into a specialised account to be revolved among the farmers which target is to reduce poverty in the land.’’

The other participants in the programme to take advantage of the fund to improve agricultural production.

When contacted, Mr Richard Asenime, the Programme Manager, ADP, told NAN that N21, 850,000 had been earmarked NPFS for disbursement to benefitting farmers in the programme.

He said “Ugbenu community in Ethiop West received N2,580,000 to boost production of cassava, broilers, palm oil, small ruminants and plantation and for cassava processing mills in the region.

“Ayokoromo and Abigborodo groups both in Warri North received N2,280,000 and N2, 500,000 respectively to support potatoe cultivation, artisanal fisheries, broilers and layers production, fish and cassava processing.’’ (NAN)