The Cross River government has suspended indefinitely ongoing Agro Processing Productive Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project following COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The government also shut the project following directives by the Federal Government to shut all training institutions till further notice.
The suspension order was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Okon Owuna on Monday in Calabar.
Owuna said that the suspension was to take effect from Sunday 2020.
The APPEALS project is an initiative of the Federal Government in collaboration with Songhai Farms, Cross River and the World Bank.
The initiative is to enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium scale farmers and improve value addition along priority value chains.
According to Owuna, the APPEALS women and youth’s empowerment training, which is ongoing in Songhai Farms, Itigidi has been suspended indefinitely from Sunday.
“The suspension follows the COVID-29 pandemic and the directive by the Federal Government to shut all training institutions till further notice,” he said.
It will be recalled that the empowerment programme was flagged of by Gov. Ben Ayade on March 10, with 1,700 trainees from the 18 Local Government Councils of the State.
The programme, which was to run for two weeks in Songhai Farms was to train participants on different agricultural value chains including fish farming, poultry, cassava processing, cocoa processing and drawing a business plan among others.