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JDPC launches project to boost sweet potato production in Plateau

By George George Idowu

The Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos has launched a new project that will help boost and enhance sweet potato production in Plateau State.

The project is expected to support 100 women from eight communities. In Bokkos and Barkin- Ladi local government area of the state to boost sweet potato production.

Assistant Coordinator of JDPC, Rev. Fr. Stephen Akpe disclose this recently. He said the project is funded by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and aims to increase the production of the Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) in the state.

Akpe highlighted that the initiative aims to increase women’s income through regenerative cultivation and sales of potato vines while also raising awareness of the benefits and versatility of OFSP.

He said: “This project will increase the income of women producers in the state and is expected to benefit 500 additional individuals beyond the 100 direct beneficiaries.

“It aims to combat looming food insecurity through community engagement and will promote peaceful coexistence and boost economic activities in the state,” Akpe stated.

The National Root Crop Research Institute will provide expertise for the 12-month project.

In his remarks, the Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Mathew Audu thanked CAFOD for its support. Represented by Rev. Fr. Philip Jamang, Audu expressed optimism that the initiative would positively impact the community.


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