W’Bank Plans $150m Agric Project Expansion
The World Bank-assisted Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) will be expanded to include five other states of the federation, the Task Team Leader of the project, Dr Lucas Akapa, has said.
The project is currently being implemented in five states – Enugu, Cross River, Kano, Kaduna and Lagos.
Akapa, who disclosed this in Lagos during the mid-term review mission of the project, said the expansion would bring the number of participating states to 10.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja, Mr Obadiah Tohomdet, the Senior Communications Specialist at the World Bank, said the five new states had yet to be determined.
Tohomdet quoted Akapa as saying that the five new states would cover the six geopolitical zones.
“The five new states would be beneficiaries of the Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP), another project being sponsored by the World Bank,” he said in the statement.
He said the expansion would have direct impact on more than 60,000 small and medium commercial farmers while several households in the five new states would indirectly benefit from the spillover effects through access to farm roads, energy and market.
The statement also quoted the CADP National Project Coordinator, Dr. Amin Babandi, as expressing displeasure over the poor execution of the project.
He charged officials to reposition themselves to enable commercial farmers to benefit from the objectives of the project.
Babandi said the mid-term review mission was meant to reflect on and make comprehensive review of the level of performance of the project.