As part of efforts to boost food production and alleviate poverty among the rural people in the state, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in conjunction with the Federal Government (FGN), Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Community-Based Natural Resources Management Programme (CBNRMP) on Wednesday transferred its sponsored Poultry and Cassava Farms to Burukiri and a Poultry farm to Jumbo Isileogono Communities in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State.
In his remarks, during the hand over ceremony at Isheligono and Burukiri Communities respectively, the IFAD/FGN/NDDC/ CBNRMP State Programme Officer (SPO), Engineer Lawrence Robinson, commended the Bonny Local Government Council for paying a counterpart fund sum of N4 million, while IFAD added another N4 million to make it up to N8 million for the programme to take-off in three communities in Bonny Local Government Area.
He said the respective communities donated their land for the farms as their equity share, while IFAD/FGN/NDDC/CBNRMP funded the construction of the poultry farms and stocking the respective poultry farms with 500 birds (200 broilers and 300 layers), as well as funding the cultivation of cassava farms in the respective communities.
The SPO lauded the courage of the respective communities to embrace the programme but expressed his reservation over the nonchalant attitude of some members of one of the communities over the progress of the project, saying that the programme is intended to boost agricultural production in the area, as well as alleviate poverty among the people.
He urged them to sit up and possess their possession especially now that the project is officially handed over to them to manage and continue from where IFAD stopped.
It is the most trying period and we will be coming to monitor your activities over the farm”, he added.
Earlier, the Burukiri Community leader Wari Senibo Wilson Abinye thanked IFAD for choosing the community to site the projects. He assured that the community will ensure that the projects are sustained.
The leader also appealed for more farms in the community and procurement of engine boats to enable them transport their farm produce for sale in Bonny main town.
While in Isileagono Community, Mr. Alfred Jumbo on behalf of the community expressed his gratitude to IFAD and assured that all issues observed would be resolved as the community will not relent in ensuring that the project survives under their care.