By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
The Taraba State Government on Tuesday Commanded the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) for massively reducing poverty among rice and cassava farmers in the state.
Dr David Ishaya, the state Commissioner for Agriculture disclosed this at the VCDP State Level Knowledge Fair and Youth Forum in Jalingo.
Ishaya said he was overwhelmed with joy to hear various testimonies of resounding successes recorded by beneficiaries of the programme especially women and youth.
“I am overwhelmed by the success stories I have heard today by women and youths from the rural communities into rice and cassava farming, processing and marketing.
“The state government will ensure the sustenance of the intervention even after it’s duration period,” he said.
Represented by Mr Bubujen Danjuma, the Permanent Secretary State Ministry, Ishaya urged the beneficiaries to redouble their efforts in making sure that they empower others for prosperous society.
Ealier in a welcome Address, Mr Irimiya Musa, the State Programme Coordinator (SPC) highlighted the achievements recorded by VCDP in the state including construction of feeder roads, ware houses and processing plants for rice and cassava across the five Local Government Areas of intervention.
Musa noted that the programme had also carried out a lot of training for farmers and processors for efficiency which had yielded positive results in terms of output.
“IFAD intervention has resulted to high productivity and a better life for beneficiaries in the Wukari, Karim Lamido, Gassol, Takum and Ardo Kola Local Government Councils of the state.
“Farmers, who used to harvest two metric tons of rice per hectare before VCDP intervention, now earn five metric tonnes from rainy season farm and some earn as high as nine metric tons per hectare in the dry season farming,” he explained.
In her remarks, Mrs Atine James, the state VCDP’s Rural Institutions, Gender and Youth Mainstreaming Officer said faming was the best occupation at the moment in the country.
She noted it was an occupation where no anti corruption agency would follow those making millions of naira in the process.
James urged the beneficiaries to continue to be committed to their farming and processing business for a better life.
Beneficiaries of the programme including Mataki Samuel from Ardo Kola among others commended VCDP for changing their lives for the better.
Bye products of rice and cassava packaged by the beneficiaries of VCDP were displayed to the admiration of the guest at the occasion