FG, AfDB trains 8,317 farmers


African Development Bank (AfDB)

The Federal Government says it has so far trained more than 8,000 farmers on rice value chain activities under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme (ATASP) Phase 1.

The National Coordinator of ATASP-1, Mr Haruna Akwashiki, said this in Abuja on Sunday.

He noted that the training was done in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB).

According to him, the training is in line with government’s determination to diversify the economy through agriculture, reduce imports and attain self-sufficiency in rice production.

Akwashiki said that 152, 651 tonnes of grains had been released to the market by farmers who were beneficiaries of the programme.

He explained that ATASP-1 had three major components of infrastructure development, commodity value chain and programme management.

According to him, the programme has also…

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