Some beneficiaries of FADAMA III Second Addition Financing (AFII) programme in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba have commended the programme implementation in the neighbourhood.

Mr Bem Nachigh, the spokesman for the beneficiaries in Bali community, conveyed the commendation when the FADAMA III (AFII) mission team visited the area on Wednesday.

He said that FADAMA project had made a lasting impact on the lives of the beneficiaries.

“In the FADAMA project, all the 40 household beneficiaries received all the items — agricultural inputs, food items, fishery products and livestock — sent to us through the project staff.

“Our joy has been restored because after our harrowing experience during the Boko Harem crisis. We were once hopeless, not knowing where to start from, but with FADAMA, we are now having hope,’’ he said.

Mr Kajiva Joseph, a non-beneficiary of the project, also commended the World Bank for the FADAMA project and its impact on the lives of the members of the community.

He, however, appealed for an extension of the project to cover those who had yet to benefit from it.

Joseph said: “We suffered together during the crisis but now, they are enjoying alone. We also want to benefit from the FADAMA project; we want to be happy like them.

“I want to use this medium to appeal to the World Bank, through FADAMA, to enrol Daniya, Bayan Dutse, Angwan Dugwer, Angwan Adamu and Tukurwa Kundi communities for the project.’’

The District Head of Bali, Inuwa Gidado-Misa, who welcomed the FADAMA internal mission team, commended World Bank for the project which was aimed at restoring the people’s livelihoods.

“We started benefiting from World Bank’s programme ever since the launch of FADAMA I project.

“The FADAMA I, II and III programmes are on agriculture, business and infrastructural development in our local government.

“FADAMA III (AFII) programme has particularly strengthened efforts to resettle Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and improve their livelihoods.

“FADAMA has assisted us in dry season farming and rainy season farming. The project also promises to build a culvert for the access road to our farms in Bali.

“I pray that this programme should continue, while all its promises for Taraba and the local government are fulfilled,’’ he said.

Earlier, Dr Ben Herbert, leader of the FADAMA III (AFII) mission team, commended the project implementation processes in the area.

He thanked the district head, the beneficiaries and the state government for their contributions to the success of the project.

“We are happy to see the beneficiaries; we are also happy to note that the project is going on well in the community and the state as a whole,’’ he said.

NAN

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