Owerri – Chief Don Okwu, Imo coordinator, National Programme on Food Security (NPFS) has urged the people of the state to embrace Fadama III to increase food production.
He told newsmen in Owerri, yesterday that the federal and state governments as well as the World Bank had sunk substantial fund in the programme to reduce poverty and unemployment in the country.
Okwu, who is also the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) Manager in the state, said that implementation of Fadama III in the state would be community driven.
â€œThe programme is well designed to take effect from the rural areas. It is a community driven approach which will address the needs of communities,â€ he said, and urged the people to take advantage ofÂ the programme to enhance their economic well being.
In a related development, Chief Longers Anyanwu, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Imo has described Fadama III as â€œa catalystâ€ for agricultural revolution that would helpÂ increase food production all year round.
Anyanwu said this while declaring open the two-day Orientation Training programme for Fadama III community facilitators and Desk officers in Owerri.
He said the state stands to benefit more from future programmes of the World Bank in view of the commitment demonstrated by both the government and people in embracing the Fadama I and II.