Kogi State Government has reiterated its commitment to investing more in agriculture through World Bank assisted projects.
The Kogi State Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja, stated this at the Ajaokuta Cluster Farm Centre, during the oversight function by officials of the state APPEALS project, aimed at assessing the performance of farmers given farm inputs and grants to enhance rice, cassava and cashew value chain during the 2020 wet season.
Onoja who was at Geregu, ASCO Camp Rice Production Farm Centre expressed satisfaction with the performance of the rice farmers and assured that the APPEALS project would look into their challenges, with and resolve them before the next wet season farming.
According to him: “There is every need to diversify the state’s economy to agriculture and in view of this our governor has done a lot in driving the agricultural sector to a greater height so that the potentials that abound in the sector can be tapped to generate revenue, create jobs and provide livelihood to the citizens.
“Governor Bello has consistently lashed on to most of the Federal Government, CBN and World Bank assisted projects to ensure that beyond what the state is doing through the ministry of agriculture, other projects like the APPEALS project can benefit Kogi farmers.”
While commending the APPEALS project for assisting Kogi State farmers with inputs and grants, the Deputy Governor called on other state governors to take the issue of security seriously to prevent senseless killing of farmers by terrorists in their farm centres.
The Kogi State Coordinator, World Bank Assisted Agro Processing Productivity Enhancement And Livelihood Improvement Support -APPEALS project, Dr Abdullahi Sanni Ozomata told cashew farmers at Umomi Community in Ofu Local Government, that the era of middlemen taking over their benefits were over.
He urged the farmers to take advantage of the grants and other inputs to expand their farms and improve their livelihood, assuring that the project would in addition commence capacity building for all the farmers to enhance their productivity.