ANAMBRA State Government has flagged off monitoring of the distribution of agricultural inputs and other Agro- allied materials which are the IFAD-VCDP supported projects in two local government areas of the state.
Speaking at the event, the federal government representative and the agricultural production adviser, IFAD Value Chain Development Programme, Headquarters Abuja, Chika Unamma, said that Anambra State fell on nine states and happened to be the first state that has formally flagged off the distribution.
Dr. Unamma commended the state, saying that in terms of production, the state did wonderfully well, and by three mission assessment, Anambra came overall second behind Niger State, but in terms of yields, Anambra was on top. According to her, a farmer from Ayamelum Local Government Area, produced 742 tons of rice per hectare and was celebrated by the programme, even in Rome.
She advised farmers to be making 10 tons and encouraged farmers in the nine states to aim towards making 10 tons per hectares, expressing optimism that the farmers will do so, because they are given quality inputs and adequate service delivery.
Representative of Commissioner for Agriculture, Anambra State, Mrs. Juliet Edochie, while commending the federal government for proving quality seeds and other things that will eradicate poverty in the land, advised farmers to put into proper use the produce to meet the primary target.
The state Programme Coordinator, Nnamdi Agwuncha, who warned farmers on carrying over the seeds, said that as soon as a particular planting season is over, it depreciates, and also charged them not to sell those products out for the cheaper ones at the markets. He also sensitised them on how to preserve the cassava stems to avoid wastage.
Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Agriculture, Obioma Mbanefo, urged farmers to compare the certified rice seeds and the ones they used to cultivate before, in terms of yields, saying that the difference is clear. He thanked all the farmers of IFAD Value Chain across Nigeria, saying that the programme is exceptional.
The benefiting local governments were Orumba South and Awka North.
The event featured IFAD-VCDP teams such as Emmanuel Chukwukwelu, Ifeanyichukwu Okoye – Incharge of training on Agriculture, Meko Uchenna – Finance Officer,VCDP among others.