Nigeria, IFAD expand operations in Ogun state

The Nigerian government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development assisted Value Chain Development Programme (IFAD-VCDP), said it had expanded its operation to three more local governments in Ogun state, South Western part of the country.

The State’s Programme Coordinator, Mr Samuel Adeogun disclosed this during the one-day sensitisation workshop organised for farmers in Odogbolu Local Government of the state on Friday.

According to him, the three local government areas are: Odeda, Yewa South and Odogbolu which brings it to eight the number of local government areas benefiting from the programme.

He explained that the addition of three local governments was to eradicate poverty and encourage food production adding that they would benefit from the over $100 million project under its additional finance programme expected to last for about two years.

“The programme is targeted at fighting poverty, strengthening surplus food provision and providing income for small holder rural farmers who engaged in rice and cassava value chain.

“Beneficiaries of this programme must form a registered group of minimum of 10 and maximum of 25 persons who are engaged in rice and cassava value chain of not more than 25 hectres

“The beneficiaries of the programme will pay 50 per cent for various farm inputs such as improved varieties of rice and cassava stem cuttings, fertilisers, herbicides among others while the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) will pay the rest,’’ he said..

He also said that for beneficiaries who would need farm equipment and machines such as Tillers, Threshers, Sprayers, milling machine, Cassava grater, among others, the VCDP would pay 70 per cent while the farmers would pay 30 per cent.

It would be recalled that five local governments of Ijebu North East, Ijebu East, Yewa North, Obafemi/Owode and Ifo had been benefiting from the scheme since it took off in August 2014.

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