The World Bank has approved the disbursement of N1.55 billion to Bauchi FADAMA III Project for execution of two agriculture programmes during the 2016 cropping season.
Dr Ali Garba, Projects Coordinator, Bauchi State Fadama III Project, disclosed this to newsmen yesterday in Bauchi.
Garba explained that N600 million was additional fund to Fadama III projects for the production of rice and sorghum.
According to him, 4,000 rice and sorghum farmers across the state would benefit from the project, saying under the project, farmers would be given fertilizer, chemicals, seeds, sprayers and other inputs to enable them participate in the programme.
The project coordinator said the participating farmers were expected to produce 240,000 metric tons of rice and 7,200 metric tons of sorghum, noting that the balance of N950 million was for the “North East Food Security and Livelihood Support Project for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.”
Garba explained that under the project, the IDPs would be given land by the host communities while Fadama III would provide seeds, fertilizer, chemicals and other inputs to enable them produce assorted foods.