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Borno farmers get agric inputs from FAO

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The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), through its implementing partner, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has distributed agricultural inputs, to farmers in Borno State, to improve food security in Boko Haram ravaged areas.

The Country Director of ADRA, Mr. Fredrick Omosebi, who disclosed this during the distribution exercise, said it has implemented an extensive 2019 raining season agriculture programme by way of provision of quality inputs, with the target of 4,600 households in Damboa central, Kachallabulari, Nzuda Wuyaram, NzuMairi and Gumsuri Local Government Areas of the state.

According to him, the beneficiaries include IDPs, returnees and host communities.

He noted that the emergency strategy of FAO is aimed at strengthening capacity to rapidly restore food production among the different farming communities in the affected areas, not only to contribute in improving food security in the short term, but also to pave the way to strengthening resilience and stability in the areas in the medium term.

According to Omosebi, FAO works with its partners to provide agriculture inputs, which include cereal seed such as millet, sorghum, and maize.

He said others were legumes and oilseed, such as cowpea, groundnut, sesame and vegetable seeds, amaranths and okra taking into consideration the preference of beneficiary farmers and the agro-ecological zone.

He expressed appreciation to FAO for not just giving them the seeds, but also the timeliness of the intervention and extra efforts put into training them on best farming practices and fertilizer application and other relevant extension services.

Also speaking, a beneficiary, Alhaji Lawal Isa in General Hospital IDP Camp in Damboa central of Damboa Local Government said before FAO intervention, his family used to plant only vegetables, which earned only N15, 000 that was not enough to take care of his family, but with the intervention he has been able to get farm inputs and fertilizers.


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