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VCDP rates Anambra high on implementation

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THE Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) has concluded its 6th Supervision Mission in Anambra State with a conclusion that the programme has worked in the state.

Speaking to newsmen, the supervision team, led by Benjamin Okpukpara, noted that the programme has worked effectively in the state. “I’m impressed with what we saw on the field and it’s obvious that when the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) stops funding the programme, the farmers can be able to sustain themselves.”

He added that farmers’ income and output within Anambra State has improved, ascribing success of the programme to the state government who he noted, bought the idea and gave it the support it needed.

According to Professor Okpukpara, he will recommend that access roads, to irrigation of rice fields and processing for cassava farmers be provided as it will go a long way in enhancing farmer’s well being.
“We will make a strong recommendation for the state when we submit our report in Abuja.”

He commended the state programme coordinator, Nnamdi Agwuncha, for being resolute in making the programme a success in the state.

On his part, a VCDP consultant, Oyesola Oyebanjo, stated that IFAD has performed well in bringing about the project, saying it has empowered producers, improve farmers’ income and their livelihood. He encouraged farmers in Anambra State to continue to mobilise savings to be able to leverage on bank loans.

VCDP among other things, has provided power tillers, cassava planters, rice threshers, constructed 20 kilometer of road, trained youths on cassava stem multiplication in Abia State, trained female farmers on vitamin A cassava recipes, and trained 5000 farmers to access loan from Central Bank of Nigeria Anchor Borrowers Scheme.

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