The Lift Above Poverty Organisation, LAPO, has disbursed N2.5bn loans to improve the food security and general living conditions of rural farmers in its 2014 fi – nancial year.
The fi gure represents 74 per cent increase over the sum of N1.4bn disbursed to them in 2013 under the LAPO Agricultural and Rural Development Initiative, LARDI.
The Executive Director, LAPO, Mrs. Sabina Idowu-Osehobo expressed delight that the benefi ciaries who were hitherto engaged in subsistence farming have expanded their farmlands, thereby, leading to improved income for family upkeep and savings for the future.
She said LAPO addresses challenges limiting farmers’ productivity and income such as non-availability of inputs for improved farm yield and limited access to fi nance, adding that the organization builds the capacity of rural farmers through on-farm demonstration, workshop and training programmes.
Most of the benefi ciaries, however, expressed their satisfaction with services provided by LAPO.
The goal of the programme, according to Idowu-Osehobo, is to improve the income, food security and general living conditions of poor rural households, particularly womenheaded households and youth.
Meanwhile, LAPO has screened 126,705 clients for Malaria, Blood Pressure ,BP, Hepatitis, diabetes and other ailments in 2014.
This, according to the organisation, was to improve early detection and management of common diseases in the country.
Health Manager, Ayobami Honestus Obadiora said those with special health condition were referred to government-approved health facilities for treatment, adding that Non-Communicable Diseases ,NCD, were responsible for about 20 per cent of all deaths and 60 per cent of admitted patients in most tertiary hospitals in Nigeria.
He advised the public to adopt healthy lifestyles and imbibe the culture of regular medical check-up for early detection of adverse health condition, noting that health education and screening constitute a major component of LAPO health intervention initiative.
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