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Bauchi Gov Flags Off This Year’s Farming With 2BN For Purchase Of Raw-Materials

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:Announces sale of bag of 50Kg NPK Fertilizer at N15,000:00 as against N17,800:00

:Prays for a bumper harvest this year

Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi state on Tuesday launched the sales of fertilizer for the 2023/2024 farming season with two billion naira committed for the purchase of raw-materials to produce fertilizer for the farming season.

At the launching of the
sales of fertilizer for th farming season held at BSADP office in Azare, headquarters of Katagum local government area of the state, the governor said already his administration has settled all the outstanding debt to the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority.

Governor Bala Mohammed said the state government has also committed some funds to the maintenance of the Bauchi Fertilizer Blending Company to ensure seamless production of the commodity.

According to him, the consistency in conducting annual sales of fertilizer and farming season is a clear manifestation of the desire of his government to invigorate the agricultural sector for the social and economic development of the state.

He said in an efforts to diversify the economy of the state and ensure food security, agricultural sector would continue to be given the priority it deserves as agriculture is the main source of livelihood of the majority of the people of the state, especially those in the rural areas.

“It is to the glory of Allah (SWT) that we are gathered here today to launch the rainy season farming and flag-off the sales of fertilizer for the 2023/2024 farming season. The fact that we have never missed the launching of the farming season and annual livestock vaccination for a single year since we came on board as a government four years ago, is a testimony of our commitment to massive crop and animal production.

“It is however a matter of concern that the majority of our farmers have not embraced modern agricultural practices. There is therefore the need to deploy agricultural extension workers to required knowledge and skills to Indeed, the role of extension workers in any agricultural activity cannot be over emphasized.

“At this juncture, I want to draw the attention of our farmers to this year’s Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency which indicates that in most parts of the State, planting season is going to start towards the end of this month (May), and there may be flooding in some parts. I therefore want to urge farmers to make good use of this information to avoid planting in an area that is highly susceptible to flooding.

“It would also be recalled that at the beginning of last year’s planting season, we experienced outbreak of Army-worms in some parts of the State. Although concerted efforts were made to control the worms, little success was recorded due to the rapid spread of the menace. This resulted in the destruction of crops on many farms. In order to avoid a recurrence of the incident this year, the Ministry of Agriculture has been directed to immediately submit their requirements for the control of the Army-worm menace for approval.”

The governor also said in an effort to address the inadequacy of extension workers in the state, the Ministry of Agriculture has been directed to forward proposal for employment of extension workers and other agric-related personnel to the office of the Head of Civil Service for onward submission to the Civil Service Commission.

He noted that, in the continued effort to provide farm inputs to teeming farmers this year, the State Government has through the Bauchi Fertilizer Company (BAFCO) blended 200 trucks of NPK 20:10:10 fertilizer and production of the commodity and directed the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure that the fertilizer is taken to each District and Ward in the state.

Governor Bala Mohammed who announced the sale of a bag of 50Kg NPK 20:10:10 (Dan Bauchi) Fertilizer at N15,000:00 as against the cost of production of N17,800:00, said government will provide fertilizer on loan to interested civil servants in the tate to be paid on instalments through deduction from source.

“As a government, we are worried about the low level of farm mechanization in the State. Consequently, we have arranged for the supply of 70 units of tractors and implements. The decision to prioritize farm mechanization in the State is aimed at minimizing human labour in crop production. We will henceforth be committing more resources for the development of this sector.

“It may please you to know that I have given an anticipatory approval for the allocation of at least 10% of the total budgetary allocation of the State for the development of agriculture. The Honourable Commissioner of Agriculture is therefore directed to forward the approval Assembly for ratification.

“We are very much aware that our price for a bag of fertilizer is below the price tag by most of our neighbouring States. There is therefore every tendency that middlemen would take advantage of the subsidy to sell the commodity at higher cost. Ministry of Agriculture is therefore directed to collaborate with law enforcement agencies to apprehend and deal with such middlemen according to the law.”

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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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