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NEDC, Group Donate Farm Inputs To 4,200 Farmers In Bauchi

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The North East Development Commission (NEDC) Through LOBITO group for Asiwaju has donated farm inputs and implements to 4,200 farmers across twenty local government areas of Bauchi State, to boost food security.

Mr Sulaiman Aliyu, representative of the Commission stated this at the inauguration of the distribution of the farm inputs on Sunday in Katagum.

He said the distribution of the items was in line with President Bola Tinubu administration’s efforts at boosting food production to achieve food insecurity in the country.

Aliyu said the commission was collaborating with the LOBITO group and other stakeholders to support the farmers directly, in order to boost dry season farming and rain faith farming.

The items donated include,3-inch water pump, liquid fertilizer, and agrochemicals. Improve seeds of maize and rice.

LOBITO Coordinator in Bauchi, Mr Usman Darazo said the items would be distributed through the LOBITO structures and stakeholders to 4,200 farmers across the state.

Darazo further said the gesture was mainly for grassroots farmers across three senatorial districts of the state through the group respectively, urging the beneficiaries to utilise the items judiciously.

The Coordinator lauded the commission for the gesture, saying that the inputs and implements would impact positively on farming and as well as tackling food security.

The state chairman of LOBITO Group Alhaji Abdullahi Idris Lanzai said the aim is to support farmers to get bumper harvest.

While commending the LOBITO National Chairman Alhaji Yau Darazo for championing the course of farmers in the state Alhaji Abdullahi Lanzai said the present administration under Ahmed Bola Tinibu is committed to achieve the federal government food security programme.

Earlier speaking Contact Persons of Tafawa Balewa local government Dr Yusuf Magalam promised to support the present administration of Bola Ahmad Tinibu to achieve his Renewed Hope Agenda.

Some of the beneficiaries spoke to Aliko Musa Umar and Nbami Masoyi who thanked the donors for the gesture pledged to use it to boost their farming operation.

Another beneficiary, Malam Saidu Yana, from Shira Local government said the gesture has come at the right time as farmers commence farm clearing.

He said the gesture shows that the Bola Tinubu led administration is battle ready for the food crisis in the country.

He assured that the beneficiaries would make good use of the inputs to produce more foods for the Nigeria population.

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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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Taraba Govt Set To Distribute Tractors, Constitutes Committee 

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By Sani Yarima 

Taraba State Governor, Agbu Kefas Ph.D on Tuesday approved the constitution of a committee for the distribution of the first phase of tractors in the state.

This was disclosed in a press statement signed by the Secretary to the Government of the State, Chief Timothy Kataps, and made available to newsmen by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Yusuf Sanda.

The statement mentioned that state Commissioner of Agriculture and Food Security, Professor Nickolas Nemesson will lead the Committee as Chairman. 

Members include the state chairman of RIFAN, Hon. Tanko Bobbo Andami, representatives of the Labour Unions, Mr. Gara Nuga from the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), and the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS).

Other members of the committee are Mrs. Uchena Eschareturi, and Dr. Aminu Jauro Hassan, Chairman of Jalingo LGC, representing ALGON.

However, Mr. Samson Alhassan of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of Taraba State will serve as the Secretary of the Committee.

Meanwhile, a date for the commencement of the distribution is yet to be announced. 

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