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Farmers Urged To Use Nimet Weather Prediction Data For Crops Production 

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From Umar Dankano, Yola

Farmers in Nigeria have been urged to make use of weather prediction information released by Nigerian Meteorological Agency (Nimet) as a guide to plan the types of crops they grow in all seasons.

Mr. Haruna Zakari, General Manager Agrometeorogy of Nimet gave the suggestion in Yola, Wednesday stressing that the climate change information will assist heavily in knowing the potential yield of crops production and amount of rainfall expected in various locations in the country.

Zakari while making presentation on rainfall season, cessation and crop weather calendar at a one-day mid-season interactive workshop for agricultural stakeholders organised by Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre in partnership with Nimet, OXFAM, PanAfrican Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and African Activists for Climate Justice (AACJ).

Zakari explained that the Nimet is releasing vital information on weather conditions which the public need to understand and use to address most of the climate change challenges facing the people, noting that issues of flooding that submerge and destroy homes and crops in farms can be tackled appropriately.

“With the weather information the Nimet issues on daily basis in this country,farmers can use its (Nimet) projections or rainfall predictions for choice of what type of crops to grow for massive yields and avoiding flooding through man-made interferences.

“We always go down communities across the country to disseminate information on climate change as the realities are becoming apparent by the day .A situation that made Nimet to partner many relevant organisations,” Zakari stated.

Earlier in his keynote address, Executive Secretary of HEDA, Sulaimon Arigbabu said the training workshop was purposely organised for farmers and agricultural stakeholders to brainstorm on possible solutions on the challenges being caused as a result of the climate change.

Arigbabu observed that some of the environmental based challenges are being perpetrated by human activities especially blockage of the drainages with plastics items, lack of dams dredging and deforestation in communities.

Arigbabu pointed out that all hands must be on deck solely to take actions with a view to ensure attitudinal change from the populace on saving the communities by doing the needful at the right time.

Most of the participants at the training expressed gratitude to the organisers of the interactive session, pledging to use the take always from the session for onwards transmission to the larger societies in the state and country at large.

50 participants were trained including environmentalists, farmers, NGOs, Agric experts and govt officials.

The project is a 5yrs program with funding support from Foreign Affairs Ministry of Neitherland.

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Gombe ACReSAL Trains Stakeholders On Grievances Redress Mechanism

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The Gombe State Agro-climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Project has commenced training of stakeholders on Grievances Redress Mechanisms (GRM) for smooth implementations of the project.

The State Project Coordinator of ACReSAL, Dr Sani Jauro stated this at the inauguration of five day training for the stakeholders on GRM, on Thursday in Bauchi.

He said the main objectives of the training is grievance redress mechanism, he said “As a project participant, you need to know your rights and the rights of others working with you.

“We want a situation where everything we are doing is within the purview of the project. We want everyone involved to be aware of things to do and not to do.

“We have all our Desk Officers from the eleven LGAs in the state here. We want them to be carried along in the implementation of the project.” Jauro said.

According to him, the stakeholders included traditional institutions, media, line ministries departments and agencies among others were brought together to understand the concept of the project.

“They would also be trained on people’s concerns and right channels of communication for people to express their grievances and timely resolution to such concerns.

The Project Coordinator urged the participants to listen attentively to take back home at the end of the workshop so that all grievances can be effectively handled by them and resolved amicably.

Also, speaking, Alhaji Mohammed Fawu, Gombe State Commissioner for Environment said they brought the stakeholders together to be well informed in respect of the procedure of grievances resolution.

“You know Gombe State Government and ACReSAL through the World Bank has commenced the connection of Mallam Inna to Bima hills, sometime in 2023, they commenced issuance of cheques for compensation.

Fawu, who is also the Chairman Steering Committee of the Project expresses optimism that if the training is carefully followed issues of grievances will be amicably resolved.

In a remark, Alhaji Abdulhamid Umar, National Project Coordinator appreciated Gombe State for paving the way of addressing grievances and resolving problems that arise out of project implementation.

“Which if not addressed can lead to wastages and chaos. It also provides an avenue through which communities and other stakeholders exercise their voices.

Umar, represented by Mrs Helen John Gender based Violence consultant to Federal Project Monitoring Unit (FPMU) said the GRM would allow communities to express views,on project activities such as civil work quality and malpractices

“It would also address issues around Gender Based Violence that may arise during implementation.

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FAO Distributes Farm Input To Over 20,000 Households In Borno 

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By Ladi Dapson, Maiduguri

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has provided farm inputs to 26, 725 households for the 2024 rainy season farming to ensure viable and sustainable food security in Borno State.

The UN agency said this year farmers’ input distribution was funded including the Governments of Norway, the United States of America, Switzerland, and the European Commission.

The FAO’s interim Representative in Nigeria and ECOWAS region, Dominique Koffy Kouacou made this disclosure on Monday during the launch of the 2024 rainy season input distribution in the northeast at Du Usman in Jere Local Government Area Borno State.

The UN agency said that zero hunger as highlighted by SDG2 guides our intervention through the procurement and distribution of nutrient-dense vegetables, cereals, and legume quality seeds and NPK fertilizers. 

“FAO is supporting 26,750 vulnerable households, including returning IDPS and their host communities with productive agriculture assets to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

The 2024 intervention in Borno state will benefit 9,975 households across 7 Local Government Areas in the State.

“The support by FAO will help households mitigate the escalating food insecurity while at the same time building the resilience of the returnees in the settled communities. 

We expect that these interventions will improve food production and income generation and build resilience among conflict-affected returnee households,” He said.

The acting Borno State governor, Usman Kadafur said the state is indeed aware of the strategic role being played by the Food and Agricultural Organization, particularly in assisting victims of the insurgency and in our collective efforts to bring about viable and sustainable peace and security in the State.

“The distribution of these crop production inputs will therefore encourage our farmers to be more determined in engaging in farming activities and towards having a reliable and dependable means of livelihood.”

Khadafur solicited the cooperation of international organizations, especially our international partners and non-governmental bodies in our determined efforts to address the multifarious challenges of development confronting the state, to improve the well-being and livelihood of our people.

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Adamawa Govt, Fed Varsity Deploy 49 Improved Crop Varieties To Improve Food Security

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Adamawa – June 6, 2024

The Adamawa State Government, in partnership with the Federal University of Agriculture Mubi, has embarked on a significant agricultural initiative, deploying 49 improved crop varieties across all 21 Local Government Areas (LGA) of the state. This ambitious project includes enhanced strains of maize, sorghum, rice, cowpea, groundnuts, soybean, and sunflower.

In a concerted effort to bolster food security, the state government is also funding the cultivation of these improved crop varieties on a one-hectare plot of land. The harvested crops will be distributed to farmers next year, providing them with high-quality seeds to enhance productivity and resilience against food scarcity.

These initiatives are coordinated under the State Food Security Committee and spearheaded by Professor Bitrus Dawi Tarfa, Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture Mubi. “This collaborative effort is crucial and timely in addressing the pressing food security challenges in Adamawa State,” said Prof. Tarfa.

The deployment and multiplication of these improved crop varieties aim to significantly boost agricultural output, ensuring sustainable food production and economic stability for the state’s farming communities.

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