The Value Chain Development Program (VCDP) in Kogi under the FGN/IFAD assisted project has distributed tricycles worth millions of naira to VCDP farmers to boost their agricultural activities in the state.
The distribution ceremony was attended by Hon. Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development Hon. David Apeh, at the Kogi VCDP office in Lokoja on Friday.
The commissioner was visibly pleased with the events in VCDP and how farmers in the state were supported.
Apeh presented the tricycle to one of the farmers Hajia Rabi Abubakar of Ajaokuta LGA and praised the government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello for always standing behind the program in the state.
He advised the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors for the project and the state while continuing to work hard to earn a good income.
The commissioner also praised the efforts of the state program coordinator to keep the flag of success always flying as she manages VCDP’s affairs in the state.
Earlier, the state program coordinator, Dr. Stella Adejoh, that the tricycles were distributed to help the farmers transport their agricultural products and use them for transport activities to generate income.
She explained that the beneficiaries were some of the farmers already registered in their database in the five beneficiary areas of the local government in the state.
She urged the beneficiaries to use the items wisely for the benefit of their families, the state, and the nation at large.
She noted that the tricycles were not completely free as the beneficiaries had paid their associated grants, which should allow them to show commitment and take ownership of the items given to them.
She revealed that several such tricycles had been distributed to beneficiaries in batches in the past, saying the feedback from them has been success stories with positive results.
She reiterated that VCDP’s development goal is “food security, empowering rural farmers to lift them out of poverty and improve the economy on a sustainable basis.
She expressed her joy at the distribution and the impact the VCDP had made in achieving its goals and objectives in the state.
dr. Adejoh thanked Governor Yahaya Bello for his commitment to the VCDP project and noted that the governor was always interested in improving and improving the well-being of the citizens of the state.
For its part, Engr. Gabriel Salihu, who is responsible for the sub-component, encouraged the beneficiaries to always maintain the tricycles so that the machines make them better, emphasizing that the life of any equipment depends on the level of maintenance.
One of the beneficiaries, who is physically disabled, Mr. Armstrong Shuaibu, thanked the state government and Kogi VCDP for the gesture to alleviate their suffering. He believed that the opportunity will not be missed.
He promised that the tricycle would be used for its intended purpose to increase their productivity and support his family and indeed provide services to the entire community.