eed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, run by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is targeting five million farmers, its Team Leader, Dr Osagie Aimiuwu said.
He made this known at a meeting with the project’s stakeholders at the National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS) in Zaria, Kaduna State.The project covers Ebonyi, Benue, Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger, Delta and Cross River States.
Aimiuwu said the project started in Nigeria three years ago to increase farmers’ yield through the use of modern technologies.
He said the meeting was aimed at verifying the impact made by stakeholders in achieving the project’s goals.
The team leader added that the meeting would review the project’s activities over th years and prepare a blueprint for implementation for the next two years.
He urged non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to hold government accountable for the formulation and implementation of policies to ensure that it changed farmers’ lives for the better.
The team leader disclosed that the project had been extended to Adamawa, Gombe, Yobe and Borno states where insurgency has affected farming communities.