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13 Jun 2016

Benue/IFAD Officials Inspect Agric Value Chain Projects

Officials of the Benue State government and a delegation from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), to the state, have been inspecting the rice and cassava value chain projects under the Benue Agricultural Revolution Programme.
The N428 million investments so far made, include rural road and bridges into cluster farms and trading centres in the value chain pilot scheme, is projected to yield over N1 billion profits for the local farmers.
While the IFAD supervision team leader speaks on the content of the projects ranging from infrastructure to the finished farm produce, state officials says it has approved every Friday as work free day to encourage farmers in the state.
The value chain also include the construction of access road and bridges to cluster farms to help improve farming in local communities.
The IFAD team also visited the Okpokwu Value Chain Farm owned by one of the local cooperative society.
The state government believes the Benue Agricultural Value Chain Programme, is a way out for civil servants who are being owed Five months salaries to earn a living to help cushion the effects of the economic downturn.
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