Niger State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Minna-Paiko Road, Minna Niger State
Mon-Fri: 08:00 - 16:00


INTRODUCTION

Niger State is known to have great potential for agricultural development (livestock, crop, forestry and fisheries) with total land area of 8.6 million Ha out of which 70% is arable. nThe State can favorably cultivate all kinds of grains cereals particularly rice, sorghum, maize and millet.nThe State has high propensity to DOUBLE or even TRIPPLE her current production level due to enormous existing and untapped potentials for Rice Value Chain development in the state. nPresence of Federal Government Large-Scale Irrigation Schemes and State Government Medium Scale Irrigation Schemes as well as informal / farmer managed schemes of about 4000 Hectares. All these schemes are in great state of dilapidation and very low capacity utilization.n The state had implemented six World Bank assisted projects under agricultural sector, which had gone in long way to develop our Fadama potentials. Viz:nThe defunct Bida Agricultural Development Project implemented 1983 - 1988, nThe Multi – State Agricultural Development Project implemented 1989 – 1995.nThe First National Fadama Development Project as a facility state 1997 - 1999,nNational Agricultural Technology Support Project 1996 – 1999.nSecond National Fadama Development Project 2004 - 2009nThird National Fadama Development Project implemented 2009 – 2013. nnThe ongoing Third National Fadama Development Project Additional financing 1. These have helped in long way to develop our Fadama potentials putting the State number one in the rice map of the country.

MAP OF NIGER STATE SHOWING FADAMA III AF 1 INTERVENTION SITES

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Niger State is known to have great potential for agricultural development (livestock, crop, forestry and fisheries) with total land area of 8.6 million Ha out of which 70% is arable. nThe State can favorably cultivate all kinds of grains cereals particularly rice, sorghum, maize and millet.nThe State has high propensity to DOUBLE or even TRIPPLE her current production level due to enormous existing and untapped potentials for Rice Value Chain development in the state. Such untapped potentials include the followings:nOnly 40 percent of available 6 million hectares arable land is cultivated and 30 percent of the about 682,531 hectares of irrigable land developed.nPresence of Federal Government Large-Scale Irrigation Schemes and State Government Medium Scale Irrigation Schemes as well as informal / farmer managed schemes of about 4000 Hectares. All these schemes are in great state of dilapidation and very low capacity utilizationnPromotion of upland rice cultivation technologies as present cultivation is dominantly under fadama /low land ecology.nRice productivity can be enhanced to 4-6 Metric Tons per hectare.nPresence of integrated mills and other small scale mills. The integrated mills are not efficiently run.nPresence of rice incubation centre for training small scale rice processors.nnThe Fadama III AF is being implemented in the 25 LGAs of the State in 158 Production Clusters for rice and sorghum value chains.nThe project targeted beneficiaries are largely smallholder households farmers that are already engaged in the production of rice and sorghum with operational holdings of 0.25-2ha, and the young farmers - the agro-preneurs who are the new entrants into agricultural enterprise, on average operational holdings of 2-5ha. These small holder households are being organized into Rice Production Groups (RPGs) and Sorghum Production Group (SPGs) within a community (10 – 15 members), while 2 – 10 groups forms an apex organization called Rice Production Cluster (RPC) and Sorghum Production Cluster, respectively. nEach Production Group produces a Business Plan (BP) for its constituent members. The BPs provides the basis for project investment in the Production Clusters.

Linkage between the Project and Strategic Priorities Areas in Niger State Government Reform Programme

PROJECT OBJECTIVE

The Fadama III Additional Financing 1 aimed to increase the incomes for users of rural lands and water resources within the Fadama Areas in a sustainable manner through the recipient’s territory.nnThe Fadama III Additional Financing 1 have five major Project Development Objectives, which are:nu003culu003en tu003cliu003e75% of beneficiaries, who benefit directly from Project supported activities, have increased their average real incomes by at least 40%.u003c/liu003en tu003cliu003e40% increase in yield of cassava, rice, sorghum and horticulture of participating households.u003c/liu003en tu003cliu003e10% of replacement value of the common asset used by the beneficiaries for income generating activities is saved annually (with effect from year 2).u003c/liu003en tu003cliu003e75 percent of beneficiaries are satisfied with operations, maintenance and utilization of community-owned infrastructure and capital assets acquired through the Project.u003c/liu003en tu003cliu003e50% of assets and community-owned infrastructure are operating satisfactorily and are maintained and utilized.u003c/liu003enu003c/ulu003e

MISSION STATEMENT

The overall objective of the mission is to review implementation progress across all project components to ensure that project is on track to achieve its objectives. The mission will:nnReview progress achieved in implementation of project activities against all components,nnProvide implementation support to the project teams in all areas of critical concern and agree with States on the required actions and captivities that would further facilitate the achievement of the project development objectives over the remaining life of the project.

ACHIEVEMENT TOWARDS PDOs

    75% of beneficiaries, who benefit directly from Project supported activities, have increased their average real incomes by at least 40% by 2017.
    40% increase in yield cassava, rice, sorghum and horticulture of participating households
    10% of replacement value of the common asset used by the beneficiaries for income generating activities is saved annually (with effect from year 2)
    Assets worth of N161,981,000 were procured by the Production Groups at the Production Clusters with replacement value of N178,179,100 and with only N12,750,676.00 saved in the FUEF account, resulting in 7.15% replacement value saved with 71.5% achievement.
    59.77% of beneficiaries are satisfied with operations, maintenance and utilization of community-owned infrastructure and capital assets acquired under the Project with 79.69% achievement.
    57% of assets are operating, maintained and utilized satisfactorily with 114% achievement, while the 64% of the community-owned infrastructure are operated, maintained and utilized satisfactorily with 128% achievement.
    Adherence to sub-project maintenance plan. Key in more farmers groups into FUEF savings