Aliyu, who represented Bello, the Program’s Human Resources Advisor, said the gesture is to cushion the devastating effects of the flood disaster on rural farmers and boost food security in the state.
According to her, VCDP has regular programs to support rural farmers with subsidized inputs to improve their agriculture and agricultural production.
He explained that this particular distribution of inputs is special because it comes immediately after the unfortunate experience of the floods that severely affected the farmers.
Aliyu said the distribution of inputs is to provide the immediate support farmers need to resume their farming business during the dry season.
Aliyu stressed that the inputs would help farmers get back to business and recover part of their losses.
He added that the gesture would also reassure farmers that VCDP is there for them.
He encouraged recipients not to lose hope of collaborating and working with VCDP at all times, but rest assured that VCDP will always be there for them.
He urged them to make good use of the inputs to encourage the VCDP to give them more, emphasizing the need to demonstrate efficient use of what they have been given.
Aliyu praised the state program coordinator and her team for their impressive performance that had made Kogi one of the best of the nine VCDP beneficiary states in the country.
State Agriculture Commissioner David Apeh praised the VCDP for the gesture, saying it would greatly cushion the effects of the flooding on farmers and the state.
Apeh reiterated the commitment of the state government to pay counterpart contributions to agricultural development to boost food production in the state.
Dr. Adejoh emphasized that early distribution would encourage farmers to return to the farm early to start planting, in order to start harvesting within the next three months.
She said that even though they lost all their farmland, giving them farm input implements would help their production activities to improve their yield.
“Without supporting farmers right now, you can imagine the level of hunger that the population will experience starting in January of next year.
“So this is to reduce hunger, help increase income for farmers and reduce poverty,” he said.
The SPC advised the beneficiaries to use the items wisely, saying that VCDP officials would be there to support them with good agronomic practices to help improve their yields.
She urged them not to sell the inputs, saying that the VCDP monitoring and evaluation team would monitor them to ensure full compliance.
For his part, ADP Managing Director Chief George Ogirima praised the Kogi government for living up to the expectations of rural farmers.
The beneficiaries, Ms. Mutiat Momoh, Lokoja, and Mr. Muru Tijani, Ajaokuta, thanked Kogi VCDP for helping them with supplies.
They promised to use the items to increase production and improve their lives.
reports that the items distributed include: certified rice seed, fertilizers, fumigators, seeders, harvesters, insecticides, herbicides, and irrigation pumps, among others.
Source Credit: NAN
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