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EU commits €11m to food security in Kebbi, Adamawa

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NCAM director canvasses ready market for agric produce

The European Union (EU) has committed €11 million to address food crisis in some states close to the Sahara Desert. EU Programme Manager, Temitope Omale, who lamented food insecurity in the states during Oxfam’s Pro Resilience Action (PROACT) close-out review meeting in Abuja, yesterday, listed the states to include: Jigawa, Sokoto, Kastina, Kebbi, Adamawa, Taraba.

His words: “I can assure you that it is not only Kebbi and Adamawa that have the challenge of food insecurity; there are other states, especially those very close to the Sahara Desert bordering the north of Nigeria like Kastina, Jigawa and Sokoto. There are different challenges. But based on analysis and assessment we did, we decided to work in Adamawa and Kebbi.”

According to Omale, for over five years, the EU has invested €11 million through its implementation partners – Oxfam, CRUDAN and DEC – to build the food security, nutrition and resilience of vulnerable households in disaster and conflict affected communities in Adamawa and Kebbi States.

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The Executive Director of National Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation (NCAM), Ilorin, Kwara State, Dr. Yomi Kasali has canvassed ready market for agricultural produce, to serve as a morale booster for Nigerian youths and women in agricultural business.

At the opening ceremony of the Capacity Building for Youths and Women on Integrated Agricultural Entrepreneurship in Ilorin, yesterday, Kasali said ready consumption of the produce would draw more youths and women to the sector.

“Today’s youths want instant money, which are surplus for use in agricultural practices. But I think their constraint remains getting ready markets for their produce.

“Similarly the population of our women farmers would have been more, but for their inability to get instant buyers for their produce. This is what we will tackle frontally at this training programme. We will open up various marketing channels through adequate awareness for them to get enriched,” he said.

The 60 participants (youths and women) in the progrmme were drawn from Kano, Kogi, Edo, Niger, Osun, Ogun, Anambra, Delta and Nasarawa states.

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