From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
THE Federal Government says farmers in Adamawa State will benefit from next tranche of the Agro- Processing, Productivity, Enhancement, Livelihood, Improvement Support Programme (APPEALS).
It gave the assurance during the visit of the state governor, Ahmadu Fintiri to the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.
But the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Muhammad Nanono was more particular about the state’s active involvement in the ministry’s mechanisation project which he noted would commence soon.
The APPEALS project which initially commenced in six states as a programme is to extend to 12 more states.
Describing the state as being strategic and viable, especially in its livestock and other notable agricultural potentials, Nanono, however described it’s inclusion as part of the ministry’s effort to transform the agricultural sector for food sufficiency and economic transformation.
He expressed optimism that the programme which is being practiced in countries such as Brazil, Ghana and Mozambique with huge successes recorded would equally succeed in Nigeria.
Nanono also added that Adamawa state would benefit from the Livestock, Productivity, and Resilience Support (L-PRES) Project.
The project, he explained is focused on how to improve indigenous cattle and boost their production genetically such as what is being practised in Brazil.
According to him, the livestock value chain has huge financial benefits such as in diary and other produces stressing that the ministry would take advantage and explore it.
Speaking further on the mechanisation project, in a statement issued by Mrs Eno Olotu, an Assistant Director of Information, the mechanization programme would be private sector driven.
He said the implementation process would be seamless as plans were marshalled out to include, processing and service centres, administrative offices, workshops and storage facilities, assuring that investors would have value for their money.
He appealed to the governor to mobilize and sensitize farmers particularly, those at the Local Government Areas to take advantage and invest in the programme when it is implemented.
In his reaction, Fintiri said visit to the ministry was to specifically seek inclusion of the state in the APPEALS programme and other agricultural programmes of the ministry that would improve on the socio-economic wellbeing of the people having suffered devastation from the Boko Haram insurgency and other criminalities in the state.
He pledged to roll out plans for smooth take off of the mechanization programme when launched.