by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Nassarawa State government says the Value Chain Development Programme is the initiative of the Federal Government, geared towards diversifying the economy as an alternative source of revenue.
The programme is intended to focus more attention on agricultural growth with a view to transforming the sector as the mainstay of the country’s economy.
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State disclosed this during the launching of the United Sisters’ Cooperative Society in Wamba Central, a Federal Government and International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD) initiative, aimed at reducing poverty recently.
According to him, in its determination to key into the programme, his administration, on July 1, 2020, approved the whopping sum of N176 million as counterpart funds, for the take-off and implementation of the project for the period of two years.
The governor also commissioned a solar-powered borehole located at Haske Gari Processing Centre, Gbude, also in Wamba Local Government Area.
He also was affirmative that both activities are jointly funded by the Federal Government and IFAD, which is aimed at ensuring food security, increasing small-scale farmers’ income, enhancing processing and marketing of rice and cassava, as well as promoting accelerated growth on sustainable basis.
Governor Abdullahi Sule reiterated government’s commitment of the present administration to continue to align with policies of the Federal Government, in the collective commitment to provide the desired development. “That informs the decision by the state government to attract investors like Olam Nigeria Limited, Dangote Group, Azman Rice, Flour Mills Nigeria Ltd, among others,” he stated.
While appreciating the Federal Government, IFAD for choosing his state to host the event, the governor disclosed further that similar projects were completed in Lafia and Nasarawa, while those of Doma and Karu local government areas are ongoing.
Speaking earlier, the Programme Coordinator in the state, Dr. Eunice Adgidzi, said the programme has completed multi-million naira projects across five local government areas, including five solar-powered boreholes, three and two market stores.
She stressed that, the two market stores, one market stall, as well as the cassava model-2 processing mill with crèche and restrooms are ongoing.
Dr. Adgidzi explained further that, a total of 2,233 farmers from 204 farmers’ organizations that are engaged in rice and cassava production, processing and marketing, were profiled and would also benefit from the project.