WAAPP-Nigeria seeks media partnership to promote agriculture

Ene Okwanihe, Abuja

Mr James Apochi

The National Project Coordinator of West Africa Agriculture Productivity Project (WAAPP) Mr. James Apochi has called for Synergies between the organisation and the media to promote agriculture in the country.

Mr. Apochi said this in an interview with Voice of Nigeria in Abuja the nation’s Capital.

He said “we look forward to a constant and steady interaction to reach millions of Nigerians with the gospel of Agriculture with WAAPP-Nigeria, as a readymade tool for Nigeria to attain its Agricultural potentials, as that remains the surest way to ending poverty in Nigeria and the West Africa sub region”

The project coordinator said “WAAPP was designed with the main objective of improving agricultural productivity, through the research system while promoting regional integration”.

While reeling out some of WAAPP’s achievements the coordinator said WAAPP has succeeded in funding core research areas in Aquaculture such as fingerlings research, fish feed research and post-harvest (processing, packaging and marketing ) research adoption at the National Centre of specialisation in Aquaculture.

Mr Apochi noted that WAAPP-Nigeria has so far distributed over 25 million fingerlings, large quantities of improved seeds, seedlings and cassava cuttings to farmers across the country among which is the smart climate maize.

He said as a result of these achievements, The National centre of specialisation (NCOs) in Aquaculture which is responsible for fish produce in Nigeria is now been upgraded to a Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) in Aquaculture to adequately cater for Aquaculture need in the sub-region.

However he noted that  WAAPP is a 10-year project spread in two phase of 5 years each, and the first phase is expected to wind up on 30th June, 2016 and called on media practitioners to join the campaign to ensure that Nigeria secures the second phase of the project.