The Nigerian government and International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD)-Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) say plans are underway to support over 9,000 farmers in Anambra in 2020 under the additional financing. Mr. Nnamdi Agwuncha who disclosed this, also expressed satisfaction with the programme, saying it had spent over N300 million as at Oct. 31, in encouraging rice and cassava production during the 2019 farming season.
According to him, VCDP added three new Local Government Areas namely: Ihiala, Ogbaru and Orumba South this year that now benefit from our services and farm inputs support in both rice and cassava crops.
He gave the previous benefitting Local Government Areas as Orumba North, Awka North, Ayamelum, Anambra East and Anambra West.
He said the N300 million was spent on input/seedling and agro-chemical disbursement among others.
On border closure by the Federal Government, Agwuncha said it was long overdue, and urged farmers to seize the opportunity to excel in providing food and employment for the country.
“As a matter of fact, I had expected that to have happened a long time because there is no basis to make Nigeria a dumping ground.
When the FG/IFAD team visited the state in 2015, they went round and concluded that Anambra had the potential to feed Nigeria in terms of rice.
If you open the borders, it affects the efforts of farmers. I expect the Federal Government to close the borders so we look inwards because we have the human and natural endowment to produce rice that will feed Africa,” he said.