WAAP-Nigeria distributes Cassava stems and high yield Yam seedlings

The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme WAAPP-Nigeria has distributed improved varieties of Cassava stems and high yield yam seedlings to Bayelsa state farmers.The high-yield seedlings were handed over to farmers after the Town Hall meeting with Agric stakeholders in Yenagoa the Bayelsa state capital in southern Nigeria.

The National Coordinator of WAAPP-Nigeria Mr. James Apochi said WAAPP is in Bayelsa to carry farmers along in its programme so that they can also benefit from improved and available high yielding seedlings.

“We have developed varieties of Cassava that is fortified with vitamin A to distribute to Bayelsa farmers, we also partnered the  International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA to develop high yielding yam seedlings that we are going to give to farmers in Bayelsa state. The beauty of it is that we look forward to a situation where the next time we come together, Bayelsans will be able to tell us that yes the improved technology we took from WAAPP was able to improve their harvest in yam and Cassava” Mr. Apochi said.

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The Coordinator said it will amount to grave injustice if resources are spent on researches to develop improved seedling and it doesn’t get to the end users who are the Farmers.

He urged farmers in Bayelsa to link up with WAAPP so they can also continuously benefit from the programme.

On his part, the Minister for state Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Heineken Lokpobiri said WAAPP-Nigeria is not only working for Nigeria and Nigerians alone but indeed the entire West African Sub-region.

“These seedlings are disease resistant and they can grow even in the raining season, I believe that in the next few months I will have to come back here to see the cassava that has been given to the farmers and see how they have grown,”he noted.

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The West African Agricultural Productivity Programme is a regional Project of ECOWAS and a World Bank sponsored programme to boost agriculture in the West African region, it is a ten-year program with a five-year renewal period based on performance.

 

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