The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Value Chain Development Programme (VDCP) has applauded the Ebonyi government for inaugurating projects that impacted positively on agricultural production in the state.
The IFAD-VCDP National Programme Coordinator, Mr Ameh Onoja, who gave the commendation when he inspected projects executed by the programme noted that the development rate was unprecedented.
“I am highly impressed by the government’s infrastructure strides in respect to roads and bridges among others and this greatly impacts on agricultural production in the state. Rural farmers who are the major beneficiaries of IFAD-VCDP interventions will easily convey their produce to the areas of marketability, through the value chain provisions.”
“This has also thrown a challenge to IFAD-VCDP because we will strive to conform to the quality of the government’s projects to meet required standards,’’ he said.
Mr Onoja said that he was in the state to inspect projects inaugurated by the programme in preparation for the visit of its mission team from Rome and national headquarters.
“We have inaugurated several projects worth millions of naira and assisted farmers through various interventions such as inputs provision and distribution of mechanized equipment among others.”
“I am therefore in Ebonyi to assess the extent at which farmers have benefited from the projects and interventions while advising the state office on ways of enhancing its activities,’’ he said.
He also commended the Ebonyi government for its prompt payment of counterpart funds on the IFAD-VCDP project and pledged its continued collaboration to actualize its agriculture goals.
“I also aplaud the Ebonyi IFAD-VCDP office for its proactive approach in implementing our policies as the beneficiaries’ testimonies prove that it is effectively utilising scarce resources,’’ he said.
The projects include roads, culverts, drainages, water bore-holes, market stalls and rice milling facilities among other agricultural enhancement projects in Ikwo, Ishilelu, Izzi, Ohaozara and Afikpo South Local Government Areas of Eboyi state.