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Bauchi Stakeholders Urge Govt To Invest On Extension Services

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Bauchi state Stakeholders in Agriculture has urged the government to invest more on extension services in the state.

This is contained in a communique issued at the end of one-day Consultative Forum to address
Policy and practice gaps in Agricultural Extension services delivery towards improving Livelihoods at Yimir Hotel Bauchi recently.

The Communique was read by Mrs Bulak Afsa Chairperson, National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Bauchi Chapter,said the Meeting was organised by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from
Oxfam in Nigeria, within the framework of the Together Against Poverty (TAP) project

It calls on Bauchi state and local governments to invest more in extension services, ensure timely, adequate, and sustainable funding for the agricultural extension services and employ more extension agents.

The Stakeholders observed that Agriculture Extension practice is gradually dwindling due to various
reasons, majorly driven by politics.

“There is an inadequacy and maldistribution of Extension workers in the Ministry of Agriculture and Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme (BSADP) due to interference by the
government, poor funding and supervision of Extension activities as well as lack of input supply,” it said.

The Stakeholders called on the government to provide mobility to extension workers for effective supervision and ensure handling of input supply is in the hands of Extension workers.

They all urged all NGOs and partners coming to the state for agricultural services should go through the BSADP for proper implementation,
supervision, and coordination.

The Communique added that gov. should provide a framework that will facilitate the participation of public and private sector actors including NGOs and FBOs in the provision of Agriculture extension services along the value chain.

It also calls on the government to strengthen the linkages among researchers, extension workers, farmers, and the private sector.

They also urged government to establish information, communication, and
knowledge management systems.

The stakeholders also call for the promotion of E-extension services such as farmers’ helpline, farm radio to complement the agricultural extension Services, should be
encouraged and supported by relevant stakeholders.

They urged the state government to domesticate the National Agricultural Extension Policy (NAEP) at the state level.

The Stakeholders concluded by calling for less political interference in Agricultural activities in the state.

Our correspondent reports that the meeting was attended by relevant Federal and state institutions, CSOs,
small-holder farmer associations, and the media.

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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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