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A one -day inception meeting of stakeholders on second wet season input distribution has ended with a charge on Extension Agents to always be present at all the redemption centers to direct farmers accordingly.

The meeting, held at the Agricultural Development Programme office in Awka, attracted participants from the International Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development Center, Agro dealers, Liaison Officers, Extension Agents and SPMU.
Declaring the meeting open, the State Programme Co-ordinator, IFAD VCDP, Mr. Nnamdi Agwuncha noted that the meeting was aimed at drawing a guideline on how to achieve a seamless 2018 wet season input disbursement.
He announced that farm inputs worth more than eighty one million naira are now ready for redemption by IFAD Value Chain Development Programme, VCDP, farmers at various redemption centers across the five participating Local Government areas in the State.
According to him the exercise which is taking place simultaneously in the affected Local Government areas, will last for three weeks.
The State Team leader, International Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development Center, Mrs. Ginnia Chukwuemeka announced that they have not introduced any new rule in the redemption procedure though according to her, they are targeting less than two thousand farmers.
The State Agricultural Production Officer, IFAD-VCDP, Mr. Emmanuel Chukwukwelu, charged redemption exercise stakeholders to abide with the lay down principles and rules, in addition to work as a team.
The meeting featured a question and answer session.

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