The Fadama III Task Team Leader, Dr Adetunji Oredipe, has said that rice farmers under the project have produced 1.5 million mt of rice paddy representing 29 percent of the national annual production in 2017 while tomato farmers produced 1.16 million mt of tomatoes representing 53.9 per cent of 2017 annual production.

He disclosed also that the FADAMA III AF’s Agricultural Equipment Hiring Centres’ contribution to farm mechanisation also showed that farmers had saved N114.3 million from the use of 46 tractors for land preparation in 16 participating states as at 2018.

Oredipe, who spoke at the FADAMA III project special awards ceremony held in Abuja, noted that FADAMAI III had made huge impact in the rehabilitation and resettlement of displaced persons arising from the insurgency in the North East states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa Taraba, Bauchi and Gombe.

The National project Coordinator, Tayo Adewumi, said that FADAMA intervention in Nigeria was not only an international success story “but is gradually growing into a strong movement to economic development in Nigeria.”

Adewumi pointed out that as at September 10th this year, a total of $ 43.898 million had been disbursed to farmers, leaving a total balance of $6,101,331.87.

He explained: “A breakdown of the key achievements of the FADAMA III AFI in the north east states showed that 600 community Action Plans (CAP) covering investments plans for twenty-four thousand households targeted beneficiaries prepared by the states , reviewed, approved and disbursed by the NFCO have been implemented 100percent by the states.

“An additional 7,600 households have been prepared across the states which have been reviewed and approved with disbursement of crop livelihood as well as achievements of 132percent on beneficiaries which is above the project target.

“790 communities are now benefitting from the project as against the 600 communities originally targeted. A total of 309,164 direct beneficiaries were recorded as against 192,000 showing an increase of 62.1percent.2,741 community infrastructures ranging from culverts , open market stalls, abattoir , lock up stores, boreholes, drainages , earth dams , livelihood restoration centre etc were constructed across 600 communities. 790 infrastructure sites have been geo-referenced and the detail reports of geo-referenced sites have been documented I all the six states of the Northeast.

“A total of 13,791 households were supported on crop livelihood with an average of 0.5 hectares for the crop-based livelihood totaling 6,895 hectares for both rain fed and dry season (irrigated) farming , 13,370n households benefitted from livestock packages , disaggregated into 841 cattle, 32,984 sheep, 17,581 goats, 440 pigs and 4,892 poultry (layers broilers, turkey and guinea fowl) and 150 for fisheries ,distribution of 690mt of NPK , 248mt of urea and 3mt of SSP fertilisers to beneficiaries across the states as well as the distribution of 5,295 water pumps and 9,065 sprayers.

“Also distributed were 3,463 off-farm assets ranging from sewing machines, small vegetable grinding machines, ice makers, smoking kiln, knitting machine, local spaghetti making machine etc and 28,705 litres of agrochemicals and herbicides”, Adewumi added.