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Farmers awarded $1.7m for flood recovery

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By Okunloye Abiodun Segun

The fund will support flood-impacted farmers in nine states of Nigeria.

To alleviate the impact of floods on farmers and make it possible for them to switch to farming during the dry season, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced that it will provide financial assistance to flood-affected farmers in nine states across Nigeria in the amount of $1.7 million before the close of the year. According to the organization, the intervention will also ensure an increase in their income and productivity and guarantee that there is always enough food to attain food security.

The IFAD Country Director, Dede Ekoue, recently made these remarks at the Mid Term Review (MTR) Mission Stakeholders Wrap-Up Workshop of the Federal Government/IFAD-Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) held in Abuja. Ekoue, who estimated the 2022 flood recovery output at $1.7 million, further said the organization had allocated $600,000 to farmers in certain VCDP-benefitting states. For the dry period farming in Enugu, Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi, and Anambra state, she asserts that the fund distribution in support of VCDP beneficiaries has so far begun.

IFAD-VCDP and the government provide farmers with the needed facilities.

According to Dr. Fatima Aliyu, the IFAD-VCDP National Programme coordinator, as part of the intervention, the government and the organization will provide each of the more than 2,000 focused farmers with 40kg of seed, two bags of Urea and four bags of NPK. She added that farmers would receive training programs, technical assistance, two litres of herbicides, and water pumps for every rehabilitated hectare of farmland. They will also learn good agronomic practices for dry-season crop cultivation. Moreover, more will be done for a bumper yield.

Speaking further, Dr. Peter Kush, who is the Deputy Director of the Programme Coordinating Unit for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, expressed his dismay at the devastation that the flood caused for the farmers. During the period of the study, it was discovered that the vast majority of the program farmlands had been wiped off by the flood. Additionally, he stated that several of the VCDP facilities had been submerged, along with many other things.

The MTR initiative is set to enhance farmers’ productivity.

Dr. Aisha Omar, Director of the International Economic Relations Department in the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, explained that the goal of the MTR was to analyze the project’s performance and discover the problems that were delaying execution, and identify the relevancy of various components and activities in light of the present conditions. She stated that this would make it possible for the organizations involved to determine whether or not it is necessary to reorganize the project.

In order to accomplish the project growth targets and guarantee cost-effectiveness in the facilities acquired, Omar reaffirmed the department’s commitment to collaborating with partners and project team members at the State and Federal levels. She added her team is always available to support the implementation unit on issues. Omar advised project employees from partner states as well as the federal level to be committed to project implementation and abide by the fund’s procuring and finance procedures to avoid ineligible spending.

Farmers’ yield and marketing output need improvement.

Lastly, Ekoue, the IFAD Country Director, stated that the $1.7 million contribution was made in response to the favor of farmers encountered in the MTR mission in all of the regions that benefited from the VCDP. During her adventures, she spoke with farmers and emphasized two things: the importance of adapting to new circumstances in order to help with recovery and the need to keep working on improving marketing, especially for cassava. They observed that while rice producers have improved considerably, there are still more prospects for cassava farmers to fortify the market side of their industry.


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9 months ago

Farmers awarded $1.7m for flood recovery – The fund will support flood-impacted farmers in nine states of Nigeria. – Express your point of view.

Last edited 9 months ago by AN-Toni
SarahDiv
SarahDiv
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9 months ago

Several intervention fund have been made available for the people in the flood affected state. Now the IFAD is supporting with $1.7 million intervention fund for farmers. My concern in all of these is that it should get to the right set of people and not criminals.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
9 months ago

IFAD is making $1.7 million available yo farmers who are affected by this year flooding will help in alleviating the damages caused by the flood impact. I hope it will not be hijacked by corrupt individuals.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
9 months ago

I’m happy the farmers of the flooded areas have been given funds to mitigate their losses. The flood displaced a lot of them and lead to loss of properties and life. With the funds, they can start their businesses again.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
9 months ago

This is a good initiative from the international fund for Agricultural development,it will encourage the affected farming to go back to farming and also serve as relief to them so as to cultivate and produce more farm products.But the major problem is corruption.

jdpumping
jdpumping
Member
9 months ago

I’m so elated that the farmers are been given due care aftermath of the flood that affected their farms I hope this will go a long way to help them and the government will be more proactive for future reoccurrence.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
9 months ago

Very impressed that a lot of farmers affected by this recent flood his been encourage with money. All hope is not lost, I really appreciate those reward

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
9 months ago

In order to reduce the negative effects that flooding has on farmers and provide them the opportunity to continue farming during the dry season

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
9 months ago

Additionally, the intervention will ensure an improvement in both their income and their productivity, in addition to ensuring that there is always enough food to achieve food security.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
9 months ago

Good that they will also be instructed in sound agronomic procedures for the growing of crops during the dry season, and further things will be done to ensure an abundant harvest.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
Member
9 months ago

This fund will help and make impact in helping farmer in the damage caused by flood this fund will help in things they lost due to the flood it is a nice thing

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
9 months ago

During the course of the research project, it was determined that the flood had been responsible for the destruction of the vast majority of the program farmlands.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
9 months ago

This will encourage the affected farming to go back to farming and also serve as relief to them so as to cultivate and produce more farm products. Good initiative

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
9 months ago

The MTR’s purpose was to investigate why the project was running behind schedule and what could be done to fix it, as well as to determine which parts of the project were still relevant in light of the new circumstances.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
9 months ago

Their research showed that while the rice industry has made great strides, the cassava farming sector still has a lot of room for growth in terms of market share.

Christiana
Christiana
Member
9 months ago

In order to lessen farmers’ vulnerability to flooding and provide them the chance to keep farming even during the wet season.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
9 months ago

The International Fund for Agricultural Development has taken this step, which is a positive thing, because it will help the farmers who have been hit by the crisis return to farming and enable them to increase their crop yields.

Bola12
Bola12
Member
9 months ago

It’s encouraging that they’ll receive training in good agronomic practices for harvesting crops during the dry season, and that other measures will be taken to ensure a bountiful crop yield.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
9 months ago

Farmers will be able to utilize this funds to assist repair flood-damaged crops and livestock. It’s commendable that this money will go toward helping farmers who lost property in floods get new supplies.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
9 months ago

I’m glad flooding farms received aid. They lost homes and lives in the flood. They can restart their company with financing.

theApr
theApr
Member
9 months ago

The intervention will also make sure that they become more productive and earn more money, as well as make sure that there is always enough food to achieve food security.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
9 months ago

I’m very happy that the farmers are receiving the proper care in the wake of the flood that damaged their crops; I believe this will greatly aid them and spur the government to take greater preventative measures against future occurrences.