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Flood: FG distributes inputs to farmers

The Federal Government assisted International Fund for Agriculture Development IFAD/Value Chain Development programme (VCDP) yesterday flagged off the distribution of farm inputs for dry season…

The Federal Government assisted International Fund for Agriculture Development IFAD/Value Chain Development programme (VCDP) yesterday flagged off the distribution of farm inputs for dry season rice farming to cushion the effects of flooding in Taraba State.

Governor Darius Ishaku, in an address at the distribution of the inputs, said there was looming food insecurity as a result of flood disaster which destroyed many rice farms in the state.

Ishaku, who was represented by the state’s commissioner for Agriculture, Dr David Ishaya Kasa, said IFAD’s support was coming to cushion the losses incurred by farmers due to the flood disaster that affected many farms across the state.

He said the intervention will enable dry season farmers to start planting early, and expressed hope that the farmers would witness a bumper harvest. 

Ishaku warned that the state government will not take it lightly with any farmer caught diverting or reselling the inputs.

Mr. Irimiya Musa, the state coordinator of IFAD Value Chain Development Programme (IFAD/VCDP) in his address said the programme is implemented in nine states of Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Niger, Ogun, Taraba, Enugu, Nasarawa and Kogi with the mandate of developing the value chains of cassava and rice.