The World Bank has approved the disbursement of N1.55 billion to Bauchi FADAMA III Project for execution of two agriculture programmes during the 2016 cropping season.Dr Ali Garba, Projects Coordinator, Bauchi State Fadama III Project, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Bauchi.
Garba explained that N600 million was additional financing to Fadama III projects for the production of rice and sorghum.
He said that 4,000 rice and sorghum farmers across the state would benefit from the project.
Garba said that under the project, farmers would be given fertilizer, chemicals, seeds, sprayers and other inputs to enable them participate in the programme.
He said that the participating farmers were expected to produce 240,000 metric tons of rice and 7,200 metric tons of sorghum.
Garba said that the balance of N950 million was for the “North East Food Security and Livelihood Support Project for IDPs.”
He said that under the project, the IDPs would be given lands by the host communities while Fadama III would provide seeds, fertilizer, chemicals and other inputs to enable them produce assorted foods.
“The state government is expected to pay counterpart fund of N35 million to enable it access the N600 million.
“It is also expected to pay another counterpart fund of N20 million to enable it access the N950 million,” he said.
According to him, Fadama III is expected to run the two projects concurrently adding that Fadama Headquarters, Abuja, has already approved the funding of business plans earlier submitted by the farmers.
Meanwhile, the Sokoto State Government said it would from today conduct a census of farmers to determine the number under the Fadama farming programme in the state.
Alhaji Chuso Abdullahi, Chairman of Committee for the Revitalization of Agriculture in the state, disclosed this while inaugurating the committee for the census in Sokoto.
He said that the state was targeting no fewer than 93,000 Fadama farmers in census to be conducted across the across the 23 local government areas of the state.
Abdullahi, a former deputy governor in the state, said that the farmers’ census would be conducted by 191 enumerators and 36 supervisors.
‘’The exercise is aimed at preparing a world-class electronic data of all dry season farmers across the state.
‘’The data will provide for meaningful planning of all future agricultural policies and programmes by the state government.
‘’This is really crucial in ensuring that all genuine Fadama farmers are captured during the exercise.
‘’Similarly, the state government henceforth, have a reliable, accurate and scientific data to rely on while distributing any inputs, implements or loan facilities to the farmers,’’ he said.
Abdullahi charged the officials to live above board in the discharge of the assignment so as not to defeat its aim.
Responding, Chairman of the Census Sub-Committee, Alhaji Lawal Maidoki, said that the exercise would last for two weeks.
He said that all the officials involved in the exercise had been adequately trained and equipped with necessary tools.
Maidoki promised that efforts would be made to ensure the production of a reliable, efficient and dependable electronic data on Fadama farmers in the state after the exercise.