Kogi FADAMA III to include monarchs in programme

Kogi FADAMA III Additional Financing has stated it’s intension to include monarchs in its subsequent programmes.

Paul Ogunmola the state project coordinator, Fadama III Additional Financing, disclosed this at FADAMA coordination office in Lokoja during the 8th World Bank and Federal Government support mission and financing implementation.

Ogunmola said that if given the opportunity he would want to do things differently by carrying the traditional rulers along in the implementation of FADAMA projects in the state.

The project coordinator noted that communities where monarchs are involved in the FADAMA projects have been quicker and efficient, adding that the programme wants to include more traditional rulers to pave way for the development of agriculture in the state as well as the initiative.

He also disclosed that FADAMA programme in the state did not do well in the area of creating more land access to their farmers, adding that after land access is more equipment that will out leave the project.

He emphasised that the sustainability aspects of the initiative is what FADAMA wants to promote.

Speaking on the $20 million meant for the initiative in the state, Ogunmola disclosed that they are much more comfortable now and have asked FADAMA III AF to go into rice production, stating that initially, they were having problems with land clearing and that is why disbursement of the funds have been slow.

He maintained that now that they have included rice production into the initiative, stating that is has gone beyond people imagination. He also said that the state has drawn more than half of the $20 million so far.