IFAD: Farmers Call For Extension Of Programme
Farmers benefiting from the rural finance programme of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), have appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and the Benue State Government, to extend the programme beyond 2017 to keep them away from unemployment and idleness.
The farmers, Mr Geofry Ahundegah and Nguto Gloria, made the call when the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh and IFAD delegation visited Logo council area on an assessment tour of the cooperative farm groups, where they showcased their harvest and farms.
The Minister of Agriculture who was represented by his Technical Adviser on Donor Funds, Mr Auta Apeh says, the rural finance project is a huge success capable of meeting domestic food production, if sustained beyond March 2017.
While the farmers are busy earning a living through Agriculture under the IFAD rural finance programme, government with do well to encourage the programme to keep young people busy and help achieve food sufficiency for Nigeria.