Kogi State Government says it has cultivated 5,465 hectares of cassava and rice in the 21 Local Government Areas of the state since 2014.
The state Project Coordinator of Fadama III (Additional Financing), Mr Paul Ogunmola made the disclosure at the 9th World Bank/FGN support mission in Lokoja, on Wednesday, May 23.
Ogunmola said the 5,750 farmers who benefitted from the project, directly cultivated the lands using mechanisation and improved seedlings and cuttings.
He also added that the project which has enjoyed support from the World Bank, the Federal and Kogi State government has efficiently impacted on the lives of many privileged farmers and participating communities.
“85 per cent of the direct beneficiaries had their income increased by at least 40 per cent and an average yield of 23.5 ton/ha has been recorded under the Fadama III AF intervention, translating to an increase of 82.3 per cent, which is above the baseline figure of 12.89 ton/ha.
“The major challenge impacting on the implementation of the project include threat to Fadama farms by pastoralists and that of clearing of large expanse of land needed under the project,” Ogunmola said.
Similarly, the Representative of Task Team Leader of the Fadama III AF, Prof. Yomi Omotosho hinted that the team arrived the state to appraise the headway recorded in the implementation of the project across all components.
Prof. Omotosho commended the Kogi Government for its commitment in actualising the project.
He further encouraged the state to pay up its outstanding counterpart fund to enable its continued benefit from the project.
In response to the team’s assertion, the Special Adviser to the Kogi State Governor on Agriculture, Mr David Apeh emphasized Gov. Yahaya Bello’s commitment in revolutionising the state’s agricultural space.
Apeh assured the visiting team that the outstanding counterpart funds would be paid soon.
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