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APPEALS Project to Boost Nigeria’s Agric Sector – FG

The Federal Government has disclosed that six states are set to benefit from the World Bank’s Agro-Processing, Productivity, Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project.

This was made known in a statement by the Presidential Spokesman, Mr. Garba Shehu, who revealed Kogi, Kaduna, Kano, Cross River, Enugu, and Lagos as the states set to benefit from the project.

Shehu noted that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) was implementing the project, with the initiative under the external borrowing plan worth $4 billion to be sourced from multilateral institutions.

According to Shehu, the major objective of the agro-processing project was to enhance the agricultural productivity of small and medium-scale farmers and to improve value addition along priority value chains in the participating states.

He stated that no fewer than 29 states would also benefit from the Agro-Climatic Resilience in the Arid Zone Landscape project, which is co-financed by the World Bank and European Investment Bank (EIB).

“The World Bank is also funding the Livestock Productivity and Resilience project in no fewer than 29 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),” Shehu stated.

States listed to benefit from the initiative include Akwa Ibom, Borno, Oyo, Sokoto, Kano, Katsina, Edo, Plateau, Abia, Nasarawa, Delta, Niger, Gombe, Imo, Enugu, Kogi, Anambra, Niger, Ebonyi, Cross River, Ondo, Kaduna, Kebbi, Jigawa, Bauchi, Ekiti, Ogun, Benue, Yobe and Kwara.

The spokesman further noted that the Agro-Climatic Resilience Project was expected to reduce natural resource management conflicts in dry and semi-arid ecosystems in Nigeria.

He further disclosed that the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) would finance the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) to be implemented in Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Niger, Ogun, Taraba, Nasarawa, Enugu, and Kogi States.

The VCDP is projected to empower 100,000 farmers, including over 6,000 and 3,000 processors and traders, respectively, Shehu revealed.

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