From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
ALHAJI Muhammad Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, on Tuesday inaugurated Project Steering Committee of the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises for the Niger-Delta States (LIFE-ND).
The inauguration which took place in the presence of Mustapha Baba Shehuri, Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development is a six-year project which is part of the Federal Government initiative to boost food production and rural economy.
Beneficiaries of the project would focus on seven farm commodities and their value-chain. They include Cassava, Plantain, Rice, Fish, Cocoa, Oil Palm and Poultry.
According to the ministry, The LIFE-ND implementation arrangement is for nine oil-producing states of Cross River, Rivers, Edo, Bayelsa, Ondo, Akwa-Ibom, Imo, Abia and Delta.
Aside from the six-year implementation period and another six years financing gap, the entire project would have 12 years project cycle.
The above priority farm produce has already been identified for the Niger Delta region.
Nanono emphasised that the value chains have the potential to contribute immensely to annual agricultural productivity and food security
“It is important to inform all of you that the LIFE-ND is one of the ten (10) on-going projects under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinating Department (PCD). This department has the mandate to coordinate, supervise, monitor, collate and document all activities of our FGN/Development Partner funded projects under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. These Development partners include the World Bank, African Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, French Development Agency, etc,”