The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), on Wednesday said it has commenced the planned implementation for improved value chain project for the Benue State Agricultural Revolution Programme.
Country Programme Manager of the Food and agricultural produce organization, Ms Atsuko Toda, who spoke in Markurdi the state capital, at a meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom, released the state counterpart funding for the project.
She encouraged large scale farmers to concentrate on agricultural produce that the state has comparative advantage in. She also identified key areas of women and youth empowerment programmes in agriculture.
In response, Governor Ortom said the return of Benue State to agriculture has become imperative as people of the state must earn a living in the face of dwindling income from the federation account.
The state whose slogan is “the food basket of the nation”, is a rich agricultural region where crops such as potatoes, cassava, soya bean, guinea corn, flax, yams, sesame, rice, and grand nuts are grown.