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IFAD-VCDP Distributes Equipment Worth Multi-million Of Naira To 30 Farmers Groups In Enugu



ENUGU–The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through its assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) has distributed equipment worth millions of naira to more than 30 farmers groups in Enugu State.

The farm equipment, which was distributed in Enugu, included: rice milling machines, de-stoners, bag sealers, weighing scale, cassava graters and carriage tricycles.

Addressing the beneficiaries during the distribution, the IFAD-VCDP National Programme Coordinator, Dr Fatima Aliyu, said the gesture was part of an effort to reduce rural poverty, increase food security and accelerate economic growth on a sustainable basis.

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Aliyu, noted that the equipment were provided to better the lives of the farmers and their families, adding that the equipment was for beneficiaries selected from the five participating local government areas in the state.

The national programme coordinator said that IFAD-VCDP was strongly committed to improving the lives of rural women and youths through its life sustaining projects.

She added that IFAD-VCDP would continue to ensure that a percentage of the matching grants were earmarked to stimulate the interest of women and youths in entrepreneurial activities to accommodate more beneficiaries.

The State Programme Coordinator of IFAD-VCDP, Dr. Edward Isiwu, explained that the distribution became necessary to enhance the beneficiaries’ crop production, processing and marketing enterprises.

Isiwu said that more than N600 million was expended for the purchase of the equipment.

He said the equipment would encourage more youths and women participation in farming.

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In a message, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Dr Chuks Ugwuoke, commended the Federal Government for including Enugu State in the list of nine benefitting states in the country.

Ugwuanyi appealed that more local government areas in the state should be included in the programme, adding that the state remained committed to meeting up its counterpart fund.

In their separate speeches, the Regional Director Federal Ministry of Agriculture, (FMARD) Mr Felix Kehis, and the Head, Development Finance Office, Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) Enugu, Mr. Linus Nwokolo, noted that the farming facilities had touched life of the people.

Some of the beneficiaries, who spoke with Radio Nigeria, expressed gratitude to IFAD-VCDP and the Federal government for the equipment.

IFAD-VCDP since its inception in Enugu two years now, has empowered 2,560 farmers with agro inputs, various kinds of farming equipment, trainings on best agronomic practices among other things.

The council areas benefitting in the IFAD-VCDP programme are Aninri, Enugu East, Isiuzo, Nkanu East and Udenu.

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  1. Hilary

    August 26, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    Glory to God for such empowerment.

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