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FG Seeks Renewal of AfDB-CBARD Project on Food Security

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture has said it will seek for the renewal of the second phase of the African Development Bank-Community Based Agriculture and Rural Development Project (AfDB-CBARDP) on food security in the North-eastern part of the country.

The Zonal Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Mohammed Arabi, stated this yesterday while speaking with newsmen at the end of a meeting to assess the level of implementation of the project in Bauchi.

He said: “We are at the last implementation quarter of the project which will end by December 2013, and the project which was signed between African Development Fund (ADF) and the federal government in order to contribute to food security and increased access to rural infrastructure facilities in the project area with the aim of reducing poverty through improvement of the livelihood and living conditions of the rural poor.”

Arabi who is the National Project Desk Officer of the project added: “The project covered Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna and Kwara, and it covers about 200,000 km or 22 per cent of Nigeria which their population is estimated at 18 million in 2001, increasing by 2.7 per cent annually.

“Most of the stakeholders are engaged in agriculture producing crops such as millet, sorghum, rice, cowpeas, groundnuts and cassava, the net farm incomes are found to range between N45, 000 to N60, 000.

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