The Kogi Agricultural Development Project (Kogi ADP) is the main agency which implements the state's agricultural development programmes. It was established by Edict 12 of Kogi State Government on December 19, 1991. It came to existence after the state creation exercise of 1991 and the bifurcation of the parents Kwara and Benue Agricultural Development Programmes. The former Benue ADP took off in 1986 from the erstwhile enclave ADP, Anyigba Agricultural Development Project, while that of Kwara ADP took off in 1988 from the erstwhile enclave Ilorin Agricultural Development Project which had started in 1979.
The overall objective of the ADP is to improve traditional system of agricultural production and improve productivity through transfer of relevant proven technologies to farmers, ease farmers' constraints in areas of input supply, accessibility to credit facilities and provide agricultural supportive rural infrastructures. Consequently, attaining self-sufficiency in food production and contribute to state and national food security.
In order to achieve this objective, the ADP was designed to provide the following key services: · Dissemination of improved technologies in crops, Fisheries, Livestock and Agro forestry. · Multiplication and distribution of improved planting materials. · Provision of agro-input services to farmers. · Construction or rehabilitation of Tube wells and provision of water pumping equipment. Rehabilitation and construction of rural feeder roads. · Assist farmers to form cooperative groups and link them to financial institutions.
The Kogi ADP is a statewide project, hence it activities covers the entire state. For ease of management and operation, the state is divided into four zones as follows:
- Zone A, with Aiyetoro-Gbede as the zonal headquarters. This zone covers Ijumu, Kabba-Bunu,Yagba East, Yagba West and Mopamuro Local Government Areas.
- Zone B, with Anyigba as the zonal headquarters. This zone covers Dekina, Bassa, Ankpa and Omala Local Government Areas.
- Zone C, with Kotonkarfe as the zonal headquarters. The zone covers Adavi, Ajaokuta, Kogi, Lokoja, Okene, Okehi and Ogori-magongo Local Government Areas.
- Zone D, with Alloma as the zonal headquarters. This zone covers Idah, Ofu, Olamaboro, Ibaji and Igalamela-Odolu Local Government Areas.
Each of these zones is headed by a Zonal Manager based at the zonal headquarters. The zonal managers supervise all the project's activities in their respective zones.
Agricultural Development Project Executive Committee (ADPEC) The ADPEC is the highest policy making body for the project. It is headed by the Chief Executive of the state. The ADPEC is responsible for reviewing the performance of the project and take vital policy decisions for operation of the project.
The ADP Board, being a representative of His Excellency erstwhile ADPEC performs the oversight role for the project. The ADP works closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources to deliver the objective of the government on Agriculture.
The Kogi ADP is autonomous and directly under the office of the Executive Governor Kogi State.
According to Section 9 of Kogi State Agricultural Project Edict No. 12 of 1991. For the effective performance of its functions under this Edict, the project shall have power to:-
(i) Construct and maintain roads, rural water supply, farm service centers and such other infrastructural facilities necessary for the improvement of agricultural and rural development to the state;
(ii) Establish a supply company for the procurement and distribution of agricultural products and inputs throughout the State;
(iii) Set up training scheme to meet the technical needs of the project and to develop a comprehensive staff development programme;
(iv) Construct and maintain building and other works necessary for the discharge of its functions;
(v) Enter into such contracts as it may deem necessary for the purpose of carrying out its functions;
(vi) Invest its funds not immediately required for its purpose in such securities and to dispose of such securities;
(vii) Make, draw or endorse negotiable instruments;
(viii) Borrow money for purposes of its functions under this Edict and issue debentures and provide other securities in respect of loans;
(ix) Engage and remunerate servants and agencies to perform any of its functions upon such terms and conditions as the project may approve; and
(x) Do all such other things as are reasonable incidental, supplemental or conducive to its functions under this Edict or any other related enactment.
The PMU is responsible for implementing policies formulated for the project. It is therefore, responsible for the day to day management of the project. It is headed by the Managing Director. Other members include all the Directors of the six sub-programmes
and the four zonal managers. In order to discharge its functions effectively, the ADP operates through six (6) specialized sub-programmes viz:
- Agricultural Services
- Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (PME)
- Rural Institutional Development (RID)
- Engineering Services
- Administration and Training
The major objective of this sub-programme is to pass technological innovations covering various fields which are necessary for improving agricultural production from research institutes to farmers and also to ensure that farmers' problems are reported back to researchers for possible solutions.
Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (PME)
Provides planning and evaluation support for the project through identification, organization and conduct of studies and the preparation of work plans and budgets. It also measures and reports programme performance, identifies implementation problems and assesses impact on intended beneficiaries.
Rural Institutional Development (RID)
Organizes farmers to groups, assist group registration, and ensures group cohesion and link groups to financial institutions. It also ensures effective participation of private sector in input distribution.
Provides, rehabilitates and maintain rural feeder roads for effective input distribution and evacuation of produce. It also provides portable water, irrigation infrastructures and ensures efficient maintenance of project's plants, vehicles and equipment.
Sources for funds and handles all operations leading to release of funds by the funding parties and keep records of such funds and ensure proper disbursements for project's programmes.
Administration and Training
It ensures efficient and effective day to day administration of the project as well as coordinates the activities of the supportive services and execution of the rules and regulations of the project.
The ADP is funded by external donor agencies, Federal and State Governments. The External donor agencies include World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development (WAD), African Development Bank (ADB) and Corporate Bodies.
Our Staff are our most important assets. They are talented, committed and trusted. Kogi ADP has about 400 staff.