International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, Community
Based Resource Management, Niger Delta has disbursed N26. 7 million to youth farmers under the Youth in Agriculture Foundation in Akwa Ibom state.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Godwin Afangideh, while presenting cheques to the Chairman, Commodity Apex Development Association, CADA in Uyo urged the youths to see agriculture as a business that would enhance their living standard.
Afangideh, who was represented by the Director of Agriculture in the ministry, Mr. Okon Nsungwara, maintained that agriculture has gone beyond the subsistence level and charged the youths to take agriculture to their communities and work hard to encourage other youth to embrace the message of going back to the farm.
“Nigeria before today lives and survives through agriculture and business, not oil. The price of oil has fallen below expectation and very soon oil will be exhausted.
“We will not achieve agricultural revolution in the country except the youth and women embrace agriculture. Carry the fire of agriculture to the land and produce the food we need in this country.
“Make your farms your office and your tools your pen and extend the benefits of agriculture to other youth in the state and provide food for the teeming population,” the commissioner said.
In his remarks, Mr. Ernest Nwogu, IFAD Senior Technical Adviser said that the programme which was designed to improve the living standard of families in the Niger Delta disclosed that the programme in the nine states of Niger Delta would exit by September this year.
Nwogu said that plans had been put in place to ensure that the rural farmers were not abandoned after the exit of the programme hence the establishment of the CADA to take care of farmers after the end of the IFAD programme in the region.

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