The Federal Government has directed the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to immediately review its existing Memorandum of Understanding with the Sasakawa Global 2000 (SG 2000).
The SG 2000 Country Director, Prof. Sani Ahmed-Miko, disclosed this while addressing Beten Royal Cooperative Women Goats Rearers at Beten village in Bekwara Local Government Area of Cross River on Thursday.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the the SG 2000 officials were in the villages to assess the livestock production programme, which targetted only women in the area.
He said reviewing the MoU would enable the Federal Government to provide additional funds to expand the intervention programmes on the production of other major crops like rice and cassava in the area.
He said the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono ordered the immediate review of the agreement to enable the Federal Government extend the life of the SG 2000 programme for greater cooperation.
According to him, the review of the MoU between us and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development is to extend the partnership.
He said: “This means more money will be given to increase our activities in the state and other 11 participating states.
“Our relationship with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture is what has been keeping us in this state.”
He said as soon as the Federal Government provided additional funds, the organisation would target more women to participate in its various intervention programmes to enable them raise their socio-economic status.
He explained that the team was in the area to get the feelings of the beneficiaries on the successes and challenges of goats rearing with a view to supporting them where necessary for the sustenance of the business.
Earlier, one the women, Agba Theresa, commended the organisation for the support given to small holderfarmers across the state and called for expansion of the programme to enable more women partake in the area.
She also appealed to the state government to construct veterinary clinics as they had to travel to Ogoja, about 28 kilometers, before they could get veterinary doctors for their sick animals.
In his remarks, Thematic Coordinator, Crop Productivity Enhancement, Idris Garko, said that under the livestock production programme, each cooperative women group were given five goats, four females and one male free, as a starter pack.