New West African regional project to commence soon

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ENE OKWANIHE

A new regional project which will soon replace the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme seeks to break new grounds in regional market and job creation for the teeming youth in Nigeria to boost the country’s economy.

Speaking to Journalist at a 2-day workshop organized for Aquaculture stakeholders by The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) in Abuja Nigeria’s capital, the National Project Coordinator of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP-Nigeria) Dr. James Apochi said the objectives of WAAPP was to develop technologies through research and disseminate the technologies to farmers through adopted villages model to boost agricultural productivity in Nigeria.

According to Dr. Apochi, the first phase of the WAAPP project has ended but instead of commencing the second phase of WAAPP a new regional Project known as the West Africa Agricultural Transformation Programme will be commencing soon.

“we have just finished the first phase of the project (WAAP), instead having a second phase we going to have what we call West Africa Agricultural Transformation Programme (WAATP) in this new project we are looking at transforming Agriculture, we are going beyond the scope of agricultural productivity, we going into the new Project looking into nutrition, we looking at regional market and creating job for the youth”

Dr. Apochi noted that though Nigeria’s Commodity under WAAPP is Aquaculture but the new project will also work in the areas of Cassava, yam, rice, maize, sorghum, poultry, small ruminants, plantain, Banana, cashew and soy Beans.

On when the new project will commence the Project Coordinator said documents are being perfected and as soon as Nigeria and the World Bank sign the agreements the project will commence.

WAATP like WAAPP is an ECOWAS regional project funded by the World Bank to support and boost agricultural productivity in the region.