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Governor Yahaya Bello pledges support for IFAD-VCDP to boost food security in Kogi

Gov. Yahaya Bello has promised more support for the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) to boost agriculture and ensure food security in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that VCDP is a Federal Government programme supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (FGN/IFAD-VCDP) to sustainably enhance rural incomes and food security.

Bello gave the assurance on Friday, when the IFAD Country Director, Ms. Dede Ekoue, led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the Government House, Lokoja,

He noted that Kogi used to be called a ‘civil service’ state in spite its agrarian endowment, saying his administration had turned it into agriculture friendly and the real food basket of the nation.

Bello appreciated the team for the value the IFAD-VCDP activities was adding to the farmers and agricultural produce in the state.

The governor urged the organisation to give more support to farmers especially those whose farmlands were destroyed by the recent flood.

“We are hoping that we will be able to support them greatly using every resource that is available to us.

“Kogi is securely safe to carry out all your programmes, we will continue to give all the necessary support for all your programmes particularly the VCDP.

“Our own commitment would not fall short in terms of counterpart funding and every other thing that you will require to support VCDP,” Bello said.

He said that agriculture remained the highest employer of labour in the country, assuring that his government would continue to take full benefit of it.

He restated that the government and good people of Kogi, would continue to partner with IFAD to ensure the citizens have full benefit of its endowed resources.

The governor commended President Muhammadu Buhari for what his administration had been doing for the country in terms of agriculture.

Earlier, Ekoue said the team was in the state for a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of IFAD-VCDP activities being implemented in nine states including Kogi.

According to her, the objective is to access all the progress made, look critically at challenges to be addressed, and opportunities to further leverage on to scale up the impacts.

“We want to do our work based on evidence which shows that youths are priority for Kogi State. We salute your dedication to gender equality as well as youth inclusion.

“We already known that your leadership had been instrumental for the results we have achieved in Kogi and we want it sustained,’’ she said.

Ekoue thanked the state government for all the support given to VCDP activities, especially the prompt payment of its counterpart funding, and hoped it continued.

The country director sympathised with the government and people of Kogi over the recent flood that ravaged the state.

She noted that IFAD-VCDP was already given its support to farmers, who were victims in the state through the distribution of farm inputs to boost dry season farming activities.

In his vote of thanks, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr David Apeh, said the government always takes seriously all donor supported project.

Apeh noted that the partnership with VCDP had resulted in boosting food security, enhanced economic growth and improved the wellbeing of farmers in the state.

Earlier, the State Programme Coordinator (SPC), Dr Stella Adejoh, thanked the governor for full commitment to VCDP activities in the state.

She equally thanked MTR team, and expressed her readiness to learn from them for effective and efficient programmes’ implementation in the state. (NAN)

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Kogi Gov Commissions IFAD-VCDP Rice Processing Centre In Lokoja.

The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has commissioned Gaskiya Rice Processing Centre constructed by Kogi Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) under the FGN/IFAD assisted projects, at Kungbani, Lokoja Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The commissioning was part of activities for the three-day Technical Implementation Support visit to VDCP projects in Kogi by President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hajia Fatima Buhari.

Fatima Buhari, who is the Marketing Enterprise Development Advisor (MEDA) of FGN/IFAD-VCDP, had on Tuesday visited another Rice Processing Centre in ASCO Camp in Ajaokuta local government area of Kogi.

In his remarks, Bello commended the federal government for partnering with the State Government in empowering rural farmers and adding value to their products to increase their net revenue.

The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Edward Onoja, reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to continue to invest in agriculture for economic diversification.

He enjoined the beneficiaries to take ownership of the rice processing centre and ensure proper maintenance for their own benefits.

He assured that government would continue to add value to the rural farmers through various projects and programmes, adding that four different agricultural programmes were going on concurrently in the state.

Speaking, Hajia Fatima Buhari, said she was highly impressed with what the state government was doing to support the VCDP projects in the state, especially the counterparts funding.

”This is the first time in all the States we have all our projects, that VCDP will be given two years counterpart funding which has never happened before.

”We thanked Kogi state government for the gesture as well as the federal government for the initiative,” she said.

Earlier, the state’s Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Planning, Mr Asiwaju Idris, said Kogi was among the first State to sign the MoU for the VCDP project in 2017 with immediate payment of its counterpart funding.

He added that the governor had also given the approval for the payment of the counterparts fund for 2022 and 2023.

The state’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr David Apeh, commended the governor for his commitment to the VCDP project, saying it had impacted posively in the lives of the rural farmers in the state.

Earlier, the Kogi State Coordinator, IFAD-VCDP, Dr Stella Adejoh, noted that the visit of the President’s daughter would further strengthen the farmers’ trust in the programme thereby enhancing their commitment.

She expressed her delight with the feedback from the August visitor, saying it was an excellent one that had put Kogi on the limelight for the world to see.

”There is real hope for the farmers for the sustainability of the programme because we have done a whole lot of capacity building along the value chain,” she said.

Two farmers, Halima Gimba, a Processor and Secretary of Kaskiya Cluster; and Hajia Lari Sule, a Marketer, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, said they had benefitted immensely from the VCDP project.

According to them, VCDP had taught them best modern way of processing rice, acquired leadership and management skills, market their products online, among others.

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