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The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanization, Processing and Export, Mr. Afam Mbanefo says FADAMA Three Additional Financing is playing a critical role in the State's general food security programme.
He spoke while declaring open the ninth joint World Bank and Federal Government Implementation Support Supervision Mission for the scheme, in Awka.
The team drawn from Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Finance, National FADAMA coordination office Abuja, Consultants, farmers, service providers, Agro dealers and Management and staff of the State Coordination Office of FADAMA are in the State for a three day implementation supervision mission.
The Commissioner, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Emenike Ezinando noted that Governor Willie Obiano has made agriculture attractive.
The task team leader, Dr. Tunji Oredipe said the ninth mission was aimed at rubbing minds together on the already charted road map.
Dr. Oredipe represented by Professor Caroline Afolami, while calling for focus on the sustainability of the project, expressed satisfaction that the FADAMA three Additional Financing is being utilized judiciously to help farmers to succeed.
The representative of the National Programme Coordinator, Mr. Peter Ajibayi enjoined farmers to do the needful immediately their business plans are approved in order to be supported with the little available funds left before the project winds up.
The State Programme Coordinator, FADAMA three Additional Financing, Mr. Chuka Egbue, said based on available funds there are plans to increase the six thousand three hundred participating farmers by more two to three thousand farmers.
Mr. Egbue who said that they target to complete all on-going projects and officially handover them over to beneficiaries for maximum utilization, announced that they have secured approval to intervene in Sorghum because of the opportunities in the value chain and increased youth participation in agriculture.
The team which continued with field tour will conclude their mission with a wrap-up session.

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