The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to establish the Rural Access Marketing Project (RAAMP) in 36 states across the country, in a move aimed at boosting agricultural commercialization and increasing income for farmers.

According to RAAMP’s National Project Coordinator, Mr. Aminu Mohammed, during the agency’s annual retreat and staff training in Calabar, noted that RAAMP was poised to have a noticeable impact across the country, hence the need for extend the project to all states.

He welcomed the increase in the number of participating states to 20, noting that successes since the project’s inception in 2008 in Cross River and Kaduna paved the way for its growth.

He urged participating states to become more involved in the implementation of the project, noting that this would help them get more money to improve their rural roads.

“Some of the state project coordinators are doing very well, all hands must be ready to achieve the project objectives because there will be more funds if we are able to do the job well.

“We are looking at making the project multi-phase and also introducing technology into its implementation because we believe we will achieve more using technology.” he said.

Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade urged project staff to put the national interest ahead of their ethnic, religious and political leanings in carrying out their mission.

Represented by the State Commissioner for International Donor Cooperation, Dr. Inyang Asibong, he described RAAMP as a multidimensional project capable of positively changing lives, especially those of rural dwellers.

Therefore, he pledged to continue to support RAAMP’s vision in its goal of making life more meaningful for rural dwellers across the country.