Delta to disburse N22m to rural farmers — Commissioner

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ASABA – The State government has earmarked N22 for disbursement to farmers under the National Programme for Food (NPFS), Mr Misan Ukubeyinje, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural , said.

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

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

The commissioner added that the disbursement, which had been on since 2002, was being sustained through a counterpart between the state and the federal government.

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

The programme was being managed by the state’s Agricultural 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 each of the three senatorial districts of the state.

“Graciously, the 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 is to uplift the poorest of the poor farmers across the three senatorial districts and it has impacted positively on the lives of the people 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 commissioner urged other participants in the programme to take advantage of the fund to agricultural production.

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 production of cassava, broilers, palm , small ruminants and plantation and for cassava processing mills in the region.

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