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Investment: Taraba Government Set To Partner GIZ

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By Sani Yarima

The Taraba State Government says it is set to forge a collaborative partnership with the German Development Agency (GIZ) to propel sustainable agricultural practices within the state.

In a statement signed and issued to newsmen by the State Commissioner for Information and Reorientation, Barrister Zainab Usman Jalingo said it was resolved during a meeting with Dr. Markus Wagner, the Country Director of the agency in Nigeria in Asokoro, Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Dr. Agbu Kefas, the Governor of Taraba State while speaking at the meeting reinforced the pivotal role of agriculture and food security in every society. 

He emphasized the vast potential of Taraba State, expressing the necessity for collaboration with the German Development Agency to unlock and maximize the potential.

The Governor highlighted the state’s commitment to fostering sustainable agricultural practices, acknowledging the critical role agriculture plays in both the economy and the livelihoods of the populace.

In addition to agriculture, Dr. Kefas proposed various areas of collaboration with the agency, including renewable energy, essential infrastructure development, empowerment initiatives for women and youth, and the exploration of opportunities in the mining sector, among others.

The Governor assured that concerted efforts are underway to ensure a secure and conducive environment for potential investors, reinforcing the state’s dedication to fosterig a safe investment climate.

Dr Markus Wagner, the Country Director of the German Development Agency, pledged unwavering support and a collaborative partnership with the Taraba State Government.

The meeting witnessed the presence of key government officials from Taraba State, signifying the collective commitment and interest in fostering the potential collaboration.

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HWI Trains Adamawa Women On Climate-smart Farming To Boost Food Production

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Hopeful Women Initiative (HWI) conducted one(1) day outreach session to disseminate information on women/girls empowerment in climate-smart agriculture in Girei LGA.

The aim of the programme was to raise awareness on a decisive need to transiting to climate -smart agriculture farming to mitigate and adapt to the adverse impact of climate change crisis in order to boost  food production and uphold gender equality and women empowerment . 

The major means of livelihood in Girei LGA is farming. Over the years, adverse impact of climate change has affected food production in the area, thereby exacerbating to food shortage, economic instability and other shocks.

The outreach session had enlightened the 40 women/girls on innovative and natural solution-based models on transiting to climate -smart farming to boost food production, enhance resilience, reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, while recognizing gender equality and women empowerment.

The expected outputs of the programme was greater access to knowledge, training, and resources for women farmers, enabling them to adopt climate-smart practices and adapt to changing environmental conditions.

It has also enhanced resilience to climate change impacts, as women who are actively involved in agriculture are better positioned to identity and respond to climate-related risks and challenges.

The programme Increased involvement and leadership of women in decision-making processes related to agricultural practices and improved women’s social, economic and environmental benefits, thereby contributing to sustainable development and resilient communities.

Out of 40 participants, 38 (95%) of women/girls participated understood very clearly the knowledge shared, while 2 (5%) of women/girls had an average understanding of the knowledge shared.

The participants expressed their opinions on climate -smart agriculture mitigation and adaptation measures in boosting food production through lesson learned, success stories, best practices shared.

Mrs. Saadatu Adamu, women leader expressed her genuine commitment thus: “It is an opportunity to increase awareness on climate smart agriculture especially during this period of diverse impact of climate change that has affected our farmlands and products. I will step down the knowledge gained to other women farmers in my area.”

Ms. Mario Yakubu said “ I will fervently put in practice those climate- smart practices by cultivating home-grown gardens and making organic manure that will increase soil nutrients and boost my farm yields. This will surely increase food production and sales for profit making”.

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NCNCSON Raises Alarm On The Ongoing Farmers’ Registration In Taraba 

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By Sani Yarima

The National Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Nigeria (NCNCSON) have brought to attention the ongoing farmer’s registration process in Taraba State, which is being facilitated by TAFED. 

In a statement released to the press on Thursday, Mr. Mike Adiel, the State Secretary General of NCNCSON, Taraba Chapter, highlighted critical challenges that demand immediate attention from the State Government.

The farmer’s registration process has raised concerns for the welfare and safety of the agricultural community, particularly at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. 

The experiences of farmers at the registration venues have been problematic, and the NCNCSON acknowledges the importance of accurate data. 

Furthermore, they commended the Taraba State Government and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security for initiating this crucial registration drive.

However, there are urgent challenges that require the immediate attention of the State Government to ensure the success of the farmer’s registration process and prevent harm to the farmers. 

According to the statement, the centralization of registration points has resulted in overcrowding, leading to stampedes and unconfirmed reports of deaths. 

It pointed out that many farmers lack proper information about the registration process, and there are concerns regarding the quality of the data collected.

To address these challenges effectively and ensure that only genuine farmers, especially those who own land, are captured in the registration process, the NCNCSON recommends a combination of technological and community-driven approaches. 

It suggested that decentralization of registration points to ward levels or community headquarters, where local leaders and organizations have intimate knowledge of the farming population, can improve accessibility and accuracy.

Moreover, engagement with farmers’ associations and community-based organizations, equipped with expertise in data collection, analysis, and program implementation, is crucial for ensuring the integrity of the registration process.

The NCNCSON urges the Taraba State Government to consider leveraging the expertise of the National Council of NGOs and CSOs of Nigeria in addressing these challenges and implementing effective strategies for the farmer’s registration process.

As Taraba State is predominantly an agricultural community, a “no harm” approach must be adopted to safeguard the well-being of our farmers throughout the process. The statement emphasized. 

The NCNCSON reaffirms its full support for the farmer’s registration initiative and other transparent efforts aimed at enhancing farming practices, supporting farmers, and fostering the development of Taraba State.

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Rice Farmers Laud Taraba AFAN Boss, Hajiya Wamba Over Subsidy

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Dry season rice farmers in Taraba State have expressed their gratitude to the State Chairperson of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Hajiya Laraba Wamba, for her significant contribution towards the subsidization of fertilizers for farmers. 

The farmers, Ahmed Auwal and Sabi’u Rabi’u, who work on a rice farm located at Sheka village under Gassol LGA of the State, commended Wamba for her benevolent gesture of selling out fertilizers to them with a 50% discount compared to the market price, which they believe has significantly impacted their productivity.

Ahmed Auwal

Despite the positive impact of the fertilizer subsidy, the farmers highlighted some of the challenges they face in dry season farming, including the lack of water, modern machines, and petrol.

Consequently, they appealed to the state government to consider their plight and provide them with these essential items.

Sabi’u Rabi’u was optimistic that if the government could provide them with these facilities, they could increase their productivity by up to 80% during the dry season.

Sabi’u Rabi’u

Furthermore, Ahmed Auwal and Sabi’u Rabi’u called upon fellow farmers to support and cooperate with Hajiya Laraba Wamba in her efforts towards the development of rice farming in Taraba State. 

Similarly, Dauda Ali Ibrahim, a farm manager in the same area, expressed his gratitude towards Hajiya Laraba Wamba for her fertilizer subsidy and her words of encouragement to farmers across the state. 

Dauda Ali Ibrahim

He attributed their success, which will lead to an early harvest in April 2024, to the support in subsidizing fertilizers by Hajiya Laraba Wamba. 

He further pointed out that the rice was cultivated in December last year.

In an interview in Jalingo on the fertilizers subsidy, Hajiya Laraba Wamba, the Taraba State Chairperson of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), described herself and other officials of the Association as public servants and pledged to continue in that direction. 

Hajiya Laraba Wamba

She expressed concern about farmers who default in settling their loans after harvest and emphasized that their inability to pay the balance of their loans would hinder their access to subsequent loans that would be given during the upcoming rainy season.

Furthermore, she disclosed that more private companies have shown interest in providing loans to farmers in Taraba State, which is an opportunity that farmers should take advantage of.

Additionally, Hajiya Laraba Wamba encouraged farmers who are yet to pay their loans to do so in due time to enable them to benefit from upcoming loans.

Dr. Agbu Kefas, Governor of Taraba State

In conclusion, she commended the State Governor, Dr. Agbu Kefas for his passion among other sectors for agriculture and support to farmers across the state. 

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