More than eight thousand small-scale farmers drawn from all the twenty-one Local Government areas of Kebbi State are shortlisted to enjoy the Fadama component of the NG-Cares program.
The program is a tripartite scheme financed by the globe Bank, the federal, and therefore the Kebbi government to help small-scale farmers to cushion the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on agriculture.
Under the arrangement, the Kebbi government would receive a loan of twenty million US dollars but would disburse the cash to beneficiaries as a grant.
The Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Dr. Abba Sani Kalgo made this explanation at a news briefing on the result of a gathering with the Commissioner for government and every twenty-one local government Chairmen, chaired by Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu at Government House, Birnin Kebbi, this Wednesday.
Dr. Abba Kalgo said Kebbi authorities have completed processes for the take-off of the program which primarily centered on food security, Fadama Cultivation, Access Roads, Livestock Production, Fisheries, and provision of Agricultural Input.
He added that as part of the proceeds, a five-kilometer road would be built in each area of the state government to facilitate the movement of crops and livestock.
The Commissioner further explained that every farmer cultivated a range of crops also those engaged in livestock production and fishery were eligible to profit from the grant.
Dr. Abba Kalgo announced that Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu who is extremely committed to the progress of Kebbi State altogether facets of development has mandated the ministry and relevant authorities to figure out sustainability strategies for the continuation of the scheme after the expiration of the 2 years designed for the program.
The Commissioner for the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Hassan Muhammad Shalla, led the local government Chairmen and Directors of Agriculture for government Councils to the meeting as well as Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.
He told newsmen that the forum dwelt on Agricultural development altogether ramifications under the NG-Cares program.
Shalla made it obvious that Governor Atiku Bagudu has made emphasis on the consolidation of the successes recorded by Kebbi State on agricultural revival by boosting the production of both food and cash for crops further agribusiness and Fisheries.