By Henry C Anagboso 

Awka, Dec. 1, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Government and 8 others have received awards of excellence from Federal Government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development of Value Chain Development Programme (FGN/IFAD-VCDP). 

This is in appreciation of their commitment in the prompt payment of their counterpart funding for projects. 

The honour was bestowed on them at the conclusion of the 2nd National Commodity Alliance Forum (NCAF), held in Abuja. 

The Minister of Agriculture, Sabo Nanono in his address said that VCDP championed the agricultural dreams of the Federal Government. 

He described the NCAF concept as a good idea that should be adopted by the government and replicated across the federation. 

Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra was represented at the event by the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba. 

He identified setting up of Mini Cassava Processing Centres at strategic locations as well as availing Aggregation Centers and embracing cluster farming as an only way forward to building a strong chain for production and processing of cassava. 

The commissioner added that the event had given room for exchange visits among the participating states in the programme toward adopting good practices for Cassava Value Chain with regards to Ogun State. 

Earlier, the National Programme Coordinator (NPC) of VCDP, Mr Garba Bala presented the implementation progress report of the value chain programme. 

He maintained that the programme recorded tremendous achievements and successes through its implementation strategy since its take off in 2015. 

Mr Bala expressed worries over the low off taking of cassava crop stressing its effects on the beneficiaries of the programme. 

He, then, solicited partnership from key stakeholders, major off takers and investors toward solving challenges bordering on cassava value chain. 

The event has a theme: “Enhancing Productivity and Market Opportunities for Cassava Value Chain Development’’. (MOI)

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