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Institute Of Soil Science Introduces Upgraded Agro-Version Application For Farmers

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The Nigerian Institute of Soil Science (NISS) has announced the use of the upgraded NISS-AGRO version 2.0 Mobile Application for Extension Agents and Farmers in the Northeast zone in the institute’s efforts to up build their capacities towards boosting food production.

The Northeast zonal coordinator of the institute, Prof. Saminu Abdulrahman Ibrahim at the institute’s train-the-trainers capacity building in Bauchi yesterday, stressed the need for participants to step down the knowledge they would acquire when the go back to their respective states.

He therefore urged participants of the training to not only carefully listen, but also actively participate in the discussions with a view to assimilate whatever is being discussed or taught during the training so as to effectively step it down to extension workers and farmers across the zone.

Recall that on June 27 the Nigerian Institute of Soil Science (NISS) launched first new Agro Mobile Application to help the farmers to know their soil status and to promote the agricultural production in northeast and Nigeria at large.

Saminu said “Our hope is that the people that are going to undergo this training, because it is going to be a step-down training, would listen properly and assimilate whatever is being discussed. And not only sit-down and listen, but also participate because where we are now, was as a result of their intervention and contributions from the last meeting which was what helped to upgrade this new version”.

Prof. Ibrahim who was a one-time vice chancellor of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi said that their participation in the training would enable them bring inputs that is going to lead to new better version that could be called in the future for its application.

“It needs to be transmitted down to their colleagues in the industry of extension, it is very important for them to coordinate and get them this opportunity. And also to tell them how to download this application (2.0) so that they could understand it”.

He stressed the need for the participants to also make their own inputs towards the improvement of the later version that would be coming up, and help the farmers benefit from the current application, revealing that the application has English and three other Nigerian languages for easy interactions.

Professor Saminu Abdulrahman Ibrahim disclosed that the NISS-Agro Software as an application in the google store that could be downloaded, saying the innovation is very good that can benefit scientists, farmers, policy makers, marketers, and so forth, describing it as multi-purpose application.

He said that one of the mandates of the institute is the promotion of agriculture generally through the provision of services.

Speaking earlier, the Program Manager of the Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme (BASADP), Ja’afar Abubakar Ilelah said that his organization is in need of the mobile application to assist the ADP in disseminating agricultural information to the farmers, and getting some issues from the farmers back to the research institute.

He explained that the BASDP serves as a link between the farmers and the research institute, adding “The World is changing, we going digital, so we equally have to change. So our extension agents would be using the application in doing our mandate as extension service delivery agents, so it is very important to the implementation of our mandate”.

Alhaji Ja’afar Ilelah expressed confidence on the ability of the extension agents in stepping down new technologies to the understanding of farmers, and appreciated the NISS for not only building the capacity of extension agents and farmers, but also for supporting the ADPs in the Northeast zone.

Ilelah commended, “I don’t think if there is any institute that is organizing series of capacity building than Nigerian Institute of Soil Science.

He expressed the belief that using the new application would solve the vacancy existing between farmer extension ratio in all the states of the federation, and commended NISS for the efforts for coming up with the new application geared to promote agricultural production and marketing.

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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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