By Usman Shuaibu
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fadama III additional financing project has trained 3,530 farmers as well supported 1,472 farmers with grants for agricultural inputs, assets, infrastructure and Mechanization support to cultivate 804 hectares of cassava, 103 hectares of Rice and 565 hectares of sorghum respectively.
This was contained in a release made available to our reporter at Agricultural Development Project office in Gwagwalada.
The release also said the Fadama III project trained as well supported 20 farmers in Fogbe Production Cluster to become certified Community- Based producers who had so far produced and supplied over 160MT of certified rice seed to the FCT agricultural input market, and pointed out that these interventions contributed to raising the average household income of participating farmers from a baseline of N90,000.00 to N 251,560.
“A total of 109 unemployed graduates were supported with project grants to undertake agricultural ventures in poultry, fisheries, livestock, crop production and marketing under the Fadama Graduate Unemployed Youth and Women Agroprenuer Support (Fadama GUYS) Scheme. This programe is recording tremendous successes in its implementation”, the release explained.
According to the release “FCT Fadama coordination office is developing its own home Grown Youth and Women Empowerment Programme that is akin to the Fadama GUYS-FCT Youth Agricultural Empowerment Scheme (YAES)”.
In addition, the release said when the programme is fully on stream, it would train as well empower about 3,600 women and youth yearly in five enterprises such as Poultry, Fisheries, Livestock, Horticulture and Agro-forestry.