Organisation injects 209,464 metric tonnes of food into Nigeria

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Felicia Imohimi

The Agricultural Transformation Support Program Phase 1 (ATASP-1) stated that 209,464 metric tons of food equivalent to 36.2 billion N2 was infused into the Nigerian economy.

Ibrahim Alabi, the national program coordinator for the organization, said this while familiarizing with the media on Tuesday in Abuja.

Arabi stated that the program, which began operation in March 2015 over a five-year period, was aimed at providing 100,000 metric tons of food.

Arabi further stated that the program has trained more than 20,000 farmers and processors in good agricultural practices (GAP) and food processing, including women and youth.

“This program contributes to the objectives of ensuring food and nutrition, employment and wealth creation in Nigeria's agricultural policy. Approximately 299,651 jobs were created against the target of 120,000.

“The program's mid-term evaluation (MTR) increases farmers and entrepreneurs' income by 20.5%, giving us confidence that the goal of increasing beneficiary income by 25% can be achieved at the end of the programme.”

“More than 50% of the program's beneficiaries use approved technologies introduced for the production, processing and post-harvest processing of rice, sorghum and cassava.

“Some of the beneficiaries who adopted the technology promoted by ATASP-1 were able to acquire additional assets through increased revenue.

“As a result of the program's intervention, the growing area of ​​the three products has increased from a target of 68,000 hectares to 73,506.71 hectares,” Arabia noted.

Arabi noted that the main goals of this program are to contribute to poverty reduction, job creation and wealth creation, import substitution, economic diversification, and growth in Nigeria.

According to him, the program is underway in 200 rural communities in 33 municipal areas in seven states: Anambra, Enugu, Niger, Kano, Jigawa, Kebbi and Sokoto.

However, the coordinator identified that the program issue was insufficient counterpart funding from stakeholders.

Alabi, who pointed out several stakeholders as state and local governments, stresses that they have contributed but are not as expected.


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