Ebonyi Government has commended the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) for extending its operations to three Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state.
IFAD-VCDP operates in Afikpo South, Izzi, Ikwo, Ohaozara and Ishielu councils of the state but has extended its operations to Ivo, Ezza North and Ohaukwu LGAs.
Chief Moses Nome, Ebonyi Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, gave the commendation during the programme’s mission team’s visit to the state, noting that IFAD-VCDP has become a household name in the state.
Nome said that such extension would enable farmers in the new councils to benefit from IFAD-VCDP’s numerous interventions like those in the former five LGAs.
He urged the programme to use the extension of its operations to the new councils to address the problem of matching grant payment experienced by farmers.
Mr. Obinna Nwachukwu, Ebonyi Commissioner for Finance, promised that the state government would continue to support IFAD-VCDP with the payment of the outstanding counterpart fund payments.
Mr. Sunday Ituma, IFAD-VCDP State Programme Coordinator (SPC), noted that the programme budgeted over N466 million for 2019 and has made a total disbursement of N132 million between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2019.
Source: Voice Of Nigeria