Fri. Oct 30th, 2020

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), is to distribute irrigation water pumps and fertilizers to 4,000 Borno farmers restore
their livelihoods in the agriculture and livestock sectors.
According to 2018 post-harvest survey; the dry season support of FAO
generated; N186, 100 from farmers’ sale of crops, including rice,
tomato and onions.
FAO’s representative in Nigeria, Suffyan Koroma disclosed this
Thursday, while distributing farm inputs for the 2019/20 dry season
farming at Farm Centre, Maiduguri in Borno state.
He said harvests from dry season cultivation provide income for
farmers to meet food and other household needs during lean season.

His words: “Under FAO’s support this season, beneficiaries will
receive mix of vegetable seeds including okra, amaranth, onion,
tomato, cabbage and carrot, and rice seeds.
“The collaboration between Federal Government and Nigerian military on
the transportation of fertilizer will facilitate distribution of 25kg
bags of NPK fertilizer to each farmer.”
According to him, irrigation water pumps are also to be distributed to
4,000 farmers in Jere, Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC), Konduga, Bama and Monguno council areas. He said the pumps will enhance crop production, during the 2019/20 dry season farming.
He said that in the last three years; over three million people were
reached in Northeast with agricultural support restore their
livelihoods. He said the support and interventions; are hinged on protecting livelihoods of farmers to enhance their productive capacities.
These, according to him; encourage self-production of food to promote
self-sufficiency on basic needs of life.
“Through livestock restocking campaign, beneficiaries are gradually
rebuilding their asset base,” said Cisse, adding that beneficiaries
sell their bulls and reinvest their incomes in livelihood
Speaking on agric investments, he said: “When their goats reproduce,
women sell to earn income; poultry beneficiaries also boost their
household nutrition and earn income from the sale of eggs.”
He said a recent survey also revealed that about 89% of beneficiaries’
livestock; now have acceptable food consumption score.
He noted that generating rural employment for region’s teeming
population will be crucial to sustaining peace in insurgency affected
“We’re implementing initiatives aimed at boosting employment among
youths and women in IDP camps and host communities,” he assured.
He said FAO is only agency implementing aquaculture support programme targeting affected fish-actors in region.
He said the first batch of 50 beneficiaries of aquaculture inputs last April; begun harvesting of crops with generation of income from sale
of fish.
He added that; 100 beneficiaries in four councils of Borno were also
trained in aquaculture with distribution of fishing kits.
“We are finalizing plans to train 100 women on improved fish
processing,” he disclosed, stating that it will provided them with
environment-friendly fish processing units.

He said besides being a source of alternative livelihoods of fisher
folks, it could enhance nutrition and protect them being exposed to
risks in unsafe fishing areas.

According to him, the centers have employed about 100 households, who
run them independently.
“Stove production centers, like aquaculture, also mitigate the
protection risks, vulnerable persons may be exposed to while foraging
for wood,” said Cisse.

He noted that evidenced-based data is essential for designing
people-oriented programmes that put beneficiaries at the centre of

He said FAO leads in the coordination of food security sector,
alongside World Food Programme (WFP), Government and other partners.

He said field-based data provided by the sector; serve as guide for
timely response and programme planning for development partners.
“We partner with WFP in providing cash-based transfers to our
beneficiaries affected in decade long insurgency in Borno, Adamawa and
Yobe states,” adding that it protects the distributed farm inputs from
being sold or consumed.

He said it also discourages negative coping mechanism in the liberated
communities of Northeast.
Cisse however; that there is still much work to be done fully restore
livelihoods of 350,000 farming households.

He said with implementation of 10-point agenda, agricultural
production and job creation could be improved in the state.

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