Farmers participating in the International Fund for Agricultural Development assisted Value Chain Development Programme (IFAD-VCDP) in Niger have received inputs and implements worth N141.4 million in 2017.
Dr Mathew Ahmed, the State Programme Coordinator (SPC), made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna.
“The IFAD-VCDP has supported farmers in the state participating in the programme with farm inputs and implements worth N141.4 million,’’ he said.
Ahmed said that the rice and cassava farmers received inputs such as MPK and urea fertiliser, herbicides and improved seedlings worth N132 million.
He said that the farmers got equipment such as power tillers and de-stoners worth N4.8 million and N4.6 million respectively.
The coordinator also told NAN that the project paid 50 per cent of the cost of each input, while the farmers contributed 50 per cent of input they received.
He said that the project paid 70 per cent of the cost of each of the implements received by the farmers while the farmers paid the balance of 30 per cent.
Also speaking, Hajiya Maimuna Ahmed, the Rural Institution and Gender Youth Mainstreaming Officer of the project, said that 13, 108 farmers in the state above the targeted 7, 500 have benefited from the gesture.
Ahmed told NAN that Bida, Katcha, Kontagora, Shiroro and Wushishi Local Government areas of the state are participating in the programme.
She said that the VCDP was aimed at enhancing the incomes and food security of the farmers engaged in production, processing and marketing of rice and cassava.
NAN reports that Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Niger, Ogun and Taraba states are participating in the IFAD-VCDP, which began in February 2015 and is expected to terminate in June 2020.
The total cost of the programme is estimated at $105.9 million over a six-year duration, with IFAD giving out a loan of $75.4 million (71 per cent of total cost) with additional $0.1 million as grant.
The balance of the financing would come from federal, state and local governments’ contributions as well as beneficiaries.