The World Bank Insurgency Relief Fund has provided N787million for four farming communities to invest in agricultural activities for sustainable income and food security in Borno State.
Presenting cheques for the amount in Maiduguri, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Hajiya Inna Galadima, urged the benefitting communities to make use of the funds for the intended purpose as a guarantee to ensure the sustainability of the programme.
“By so doing, more credibility and assistance from donor agencies would be earned to promote agriculture in the state,” Galadima said.
According to her, the state government was ready for regular payment of counterpart funds for all partnership programmes, adding that the government would look into the issue of over withdrawal of funds meant for Borno state by other benefiting states through the National Fadama Coordination Office last year.
The State Coordinator of the Fadama III project, Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Tijjani, said the Fadama III project was a tripartite project of the World Bank, Federal and State governments to stimulate agricultural growth of poor peasant farmers, disclosing that the state government had received $200,000.00 cash for disbursement under the World Bank Insurgency Relief Fund.
The beneficiaries include Shokwari, Masha-mari, Dusuman and Kirbiri Fadama community associations in Maiduguri metropolis and Jere LGA of Borno state.