The National Coordinator, FADAMA III Additional Financing (AF), Mr. Tayo Adewumi, has emphasized on the need for good and quality seeds to achieve Federal Government food sufficiency target.
Adewumi on Wednesday disclosed that better seeds for farmers would produce greater harvests and increase farm productivity.
The national coordinator revealed this during a 2-day meeting with agro-dealers, off-takers and State FADAMA coordinators from the 36 states across the country in Abuja.
Adewumi said the era of describing FADAMA as a programme was over as the initiative has transformed beyond a programme to a movement.
He noted that there are ongoing plans to seek alternative sources of funding as the national office has already established a working relationship with the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) in that respect.
“We are already working with NIRSAL as part of efforts to increase alternative source of funding.
“AfDB is also considering partnership with FADAMA because of our structure which we have used to provide inputs, markets among others to farmers across the value chains in the country.
“That is the best way a project should be run and sustained. This is what we call value addition; value addition is very vital and it should involve processes like production, capacity building, processing and packaging,” Adewumi said.
According to him, the meeting was to boost the nation’s agricultural production and add value across board. .
“We are targeting not only the regional markets but also international markets. The Green Alternative programme of the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, is on course; we gather representatives from all states because they are all important in this gathering.
“We want to use the two days to rub minds, exchange our professional ideas and later articulate the lessons we have learnt at the end of the programme.
“We cannot assume that all is well in all the states but we want to say we have left the train station; the train is moving towards our final destination,” he noted.