The Kogi State Government has unveiled its food sufficiency plan under the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement, and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) to make the state the top producer of rice, cashew and cassava in the country.

The Deputy Governor of the state, Edward Onoja, said the state government has released N633 million to fund the Value Chain Investment Plan (VCIP) to achieve the goal.

According to him, no fewer than 691 rice farmers across the state have benefited from the distribution of farm input empowered by the APPEALS project to boost rice production.

The farm input was part of efforts by the project to quell impending scarcity of food caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-induced lockdown in the country.

Coordinator of APPEALS, Dr. Sani Ozomata, said the project had development objectives of enhancing small and medium scale farmers to support their value addition.