ASABA – The Delta State government has earmarked N22 million for disbursement to rural farmers under the National Programme for Food Security (NPFS), Mr Misan Ukubeyinje, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, said.
He said “I recently disbursed cheque to three benefiting groups from Ugbenu in Ethiop West Local Government Area, Ayokoromo and Abigborodo in Warri North and each of these groups received N3 million to support their farms.’’
He noted that the state government recently paid its counterpart fund for the year, thereby creating an opportunity for participating farmers group to draw down on demand for the amount needed to boost food production in the state.
According to Ukubeyinje, there are nine participating groups in the programme representing three communities from each of the three senatorial 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.
“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.’’
When contacted, Mr Richard Asenime, the Programme Manager, ADP, told NAN that N21, 850,000 had been earmarked under 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)