Food Production: Kwara Government Increases FADAMA Project Beneficiaries

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By Dare Akogun

THE Kwara State Government has increased the number of farmers who will benefit from the first disbursement of the Kwara Fadama NG-CARES project.

The state project coordinator, Busari Toyin Isiaka, while announcing the approval of the additional 3,000 beneficiaries in front of community facilitators at Kwara Fadama office, Ilorin, said the addition will include farmers.

He said they will complement the 3,000 cattle herders previously proposed to be captured in the first disbursement scheduled for the first six months of project implementation.

State boss Fadama revealed that the development would improve the platform to arrive at 6,000 beneficiaries.

The coordinator, Busari, who said state governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had taken the decision to create more opportunities for poor and vulnerable farmers, noted that this would enhance food security.

According to him, “With this new development, the platform has been strengthened to be able to reach 6,000 beneficiaries instead of 3,000 in the first six months of implementation. Remember that this project will last for two years, which means there will be four disbursement events over the two-year period, bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 19,695.

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“The Fadama NG-CARES project is, to some extent, a mechanism for the amelioration of hunger and poverty.

“As a delivery platform, we assure that we will not let the governor down. The Fadama NG-CARES project will result in a remarkable lifeline for the beneficiaries and a historic achievement for the State.

Busari recalled that the Fadama NG-CARES project, which is an agricultural intervention program, was launched to cushion the effects of the confinement linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He further explained that while the disbursement for livestock will only cover eight LGAs (Ilorin West, Ilorin South, Ilorin East, Asa, Oyun, Offa, Moro and Edu), the disbursement for crops (involving rice, maize and soy) will be distributed across all 16 LGAs in the state.

Busari therefore tasked all community facilitators to manage the exercise with commitment and ensure that duplication of beneficiaries is avoided.

Other members of the Project Delivery Unit who made presentations to update the facilitators at the event included Adebukola Adeyemi, Community Development and Gender Officer, technical (Inputs) Abdulmalik Zubair, technical agent (Assets) Ramat Abdulmalik and others.

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