CADP Disbursement Hits 85% Ahead May 31 Deadline – World Bank

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    *Aggregation Centres in Kaduna attain 53% completion
    The World Bank partnered Commercial Agriculture Programme (CADP) which started as a pilot scheme across  five states in 2009 has recorded  82% success in disbursement  of the budgeted $200 million so far, even as it  winds up on May 31, 2017, Task Team Leader, Dr. Sheu Salau has disclosed.
    He disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen on the sidelines of the Wrap-Up of CADP in Kaduna on Monday.
     
    According to him, it is expected to reach 85 per cent disbursement before the closing date.
     
    “The programme has done very well even though it has not been easy but overall we had good results that we can take to scale,” he said.
     
    On the challenges faced, Dr. Salau said that there were peculiar to each of the states.
     
     
    “The challenges are many. It depends on the peculiarity of the state. Some faced challenges of service provider, which emanated from the need to do something through a third party. Issues revolving around the way the services providers were segregated. We had to get people who were specialized in different in different areas,” he added.
     
    On areas in which the CADP programme impacted on infrastructure, he said that some investments were done on roads, but lamented that besides an asphalt road in Kano State, others constructed were laterite based and some are being washed off by erosion.
     
    He revealed that soon, a new project, ‘APPEAL’ which is to cover the existing five states; Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Cross River and Enugu as well as four other states has been approved by board of the World Bank.
     
    He said three of the benefiting states are yet, to be selected, but assured that Kogi State made it and would benefit from the APPEAL.
     
    Permanent Secretary, Kano State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hajiya Binta Rabiu said that several of the state’s citizens were empowered by CADP.
     
    “The Kano State CADP was good for the teeming youth and women. Population in Kano is very large and high, resulting to several unemployed graduates and non graduates. The programme helped them a lot. We were able to help them become self employed.
     
    “It was a very important project. It helped the whole state. We had three batches of beneficiaries. The first were 170 women and youth, second and third combined were 685 participants,” she added.
     
    Hajia Rabiu also informed that as part of its counterpart funding, the state government contributed N155 million for each of the batches.
     
    For the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Cross River State, Reverend Unimniake Joseph Ugbe, the CADP impacted greatly on the value chain of poultry, cocoa and groundnuts in his state.
     
    “We have produced youth and women farmers that were unemployed but now stand on their  own and are now employers of  labour,” he emphasized.
     
    Reverend Ugbe when asked which criteria was used in selecting beneficiaries in his state, explained that it was transparent and nepotism did not play any role.
     
    When fielding questions, CADP Kaduna State Coordinator, Malam Dalhatu Mustapha explained that besides the 1,100 beneficiaries, of the project, 3,600 others benefitted from the Commodity Interest Group (CIG), which primarily dealt with various farms input, technology adoption and intervention support  in the state.
     
    Malam Mustapha explained that the Aggregation Centres in the state have reached 53 per cent construction and is expected to be 100 per cent complete before May 31, 2017.
     
    “We visited the three Aggregation Centres in Saminaka, Giwa and Kachia and the contractors assured us that they were working day and night in ensuring they meet the deadline.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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