SEEFOR: 97 Rivers Young Farmers Get N54m World Bank Aid


The Rivers State Government, in conjunction with the World Bank/European Union, has presented N54,904,000 to 97 young graduate farmers in the state.
Also presented are farming kits and implements, including seedlings.
The beneficiaries were trained under the Technical Vocational and Agricultural Training (TVAT) programme of the State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) project in poultry, crop and fish production.
The Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Kindness Egbelu said, during the presentation ceremony at the School-to-Land Authority at Rumuodumanya, that the programme was part of the state government’s commitment to diversify the economy to agriculture.
Egbelu said that the ministry would not only partner with SEEFOR to ensure the success of the programme but would also sustain it beyond the lifespan of SEEFOR.
Also speaking, the state Coordinator of the State Employment and Expenditure For Result (SEEFOR) project, Mr. Kelcious Amos, said that the beneficiaries, who had come from the 23 local government areas were trained between 2014 and 2016.
Amos, who was represented by the state Deputy Coordinator, Mr Caliber Whyte, charged the beneficiaries to make the best use of the programme to improve their lives. Also speaking, Executive Director of School-To-Land Authority, Mr Amaityie Vincent said that the programme would boost food production and employment opportunities in the state.