Akin Akande, Abuja
As parts of its activities designed to enhance food security in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the FCT FADAMA III said it has disbursed the sum of N425,384,244.40 to FADAMA Community Associations and FADAMA Users Groups.
The money was meant for the implementation of the communities and groups’ identified and chosen projects.
The Secretary, FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Ovaldi Madayi who disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday during the visit of FCT Minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide to FADAMA projects stated that the project had trained a total of 715 and 811 group members under capacity building and advisory services.
She added that 314 groups had accessed assorted agricultural inputs such as seeds, seedlings, fingerlings among others under the input support component.
The Secretary disclosed that the investments have yielded 30.06 tons of fish from 25,000 fingerlings, 35 tons of poultry produced from 16,000 day old chicks, 39.60 tons of beef produced from 132 cows, 19.95 tons of mutton produced from 570 sheep/goats as well as 104 metric tons of grains.
She added that the project has created over 5000 direct jobs while the sum of N16,304,142.66 has been saved by 305 groups under the FADAMA user equity fund.
Speaking at the event, FCT Minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide whose office supervises agriculture and rural development in the FCT said that the FCT administration is desire to ensure that the teeming rural poor are empowered in order to arrest the problem of rural-urban migration.
She said the FCT administration is paying special attention to the development of the agricultural sector to create employment, ensure food security and provide the raw materials needed by our industries.
The Minister re-affirmed the commitment of the FCT administration towards the provision of necessary support and encouragement to the agriculture and rural development secretariat as a catalyst for the attainment of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) which is a key agricultural policy initiative of this administration.