Leader of the World Bank/FGN Mission to Kogi on FADAMA III, Dr. Salau Sheu has said that the initiative to effect a paradigm shift from subsistence farming to business-oriented agriculture is yielding results.
Sheu disclosed this at the Ire-suare production cluster (Cassava special intervention site) in Adavi Local Government of the state yesterday, saying that the Project Implementation Support was out to ensure that implementation is in tandem with the Work Plan.
While speaking at the end of a three-day visit to project sites across the state, the team leader expressed satisfaction with the implementation of the World Bank supported projects.
He said that the objective of the project was to use the market to drive the value chain in effecting the expected paradigm shift from subsistence farming to market-oriented farming, adding that farmers will approach agriculture from a business perspective.
“So far, I think we are very pleased with what we are seeing on the ground. We see a lot of potentials to actually move farmers from subsistence to commercial agriculture. The farmers we have visited are doing a lot about marketing.
“By the time a farmer is market-oriented, you will know that the farmer is moving towards being a commercial farmer. So, we are pleased with what we have seen on ground”, he said.
Sheu hinted further that, as part of the effort to ensure timely uptake of produce, the World Bank, Federal and State Governments were partnering with Union Dicon to set up a processing plant in the state within the next 18 months.
He therefore charged the farmers to always keep records of their activities, saying: “It is only when you do this that you will know whether you are actually making profit or not. If you don’t keep records, you will only have information about the income without the cost.”
Also speaking, Mr. Tayo Adewumi, the National Project Coordinator represented by Dr. Gbenga Arokoyo also of the FADAMA III, urged the farmers, as direct beneficiaries, to strive to ensure the success of the project, as it was meant to enhance their income.
He said that for every N1 contributed by the Nigerian government, the World Bank was giving $2, adding, there is need for sustained commitment as the support would not last forever.

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