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Supporting Farmers in Nigeria

Farmers supported by Food And Agrculture Organisation in northeast, Nigeria are looking to a very good harvest, going by the amount and quality of crops some of them have so far gathered from their fields.

business / Mon Jun 18 2018 / JOSTYLIN®
Farmers supported by Food And Agrculture Organisation
Monitoring   and Evaluation Officer at CBARDP (Community Based Agricultural and Rural   Development Program), FAO’s implementing partner in Borno, Salisu Bukar   Mohammed Ngulde, says:  “Most of the crops are grown by women who make   up 40 per cent of the project.  They have already started harvesting   their crops from the dry season interventions and making money.  They   are now able to make more income, save feeding costs and have surplus in the   home to take care of other basic needs. FAO is collaborating with the   governments of Belgium, Ireland and Japanese to support these farmers.”

He   described the intervention as very successfully, hoping that more funds would   be available to take care of the larger number of internally displaced   persons, returnees, female headed households, youths and the host community   who are in dire need of support.

Abba   Mursi, one of the beneficiaries of the interventions, recounts how he flew   his community in Bama after an attack two and half years ago and then took   refuge in Gonglonglon Bulamari village in Jere Local Government Area, some 75   kilometres away from Bama. “I fled from Bama on foot and left everything   behind, everything.”

Mursi’s   desire of returning to productive life was nurtured by FAO.  His carrot   plot is doing well, less than three months after he received seedlings and   fertilizers support from FAO. “I got assistance of assorted seeds and   fertilizers from FAO. I started farming the seeds when they were   distributed last January.  It is from the farm that I have harvested   these fresh carrots you see.  The fertilizer and seed helped me to carry   out farming in the dry season. My group is also thankful for the wash   borehole provided by FAO.” He is grateful to the Gonglongon Bulamari people   for accepting him and gave him access to  a farmland where he hopes to   eke out a living.

Mele   Muktar has a similar story.  Originally from Koshave, Mafa Local   Government Area, over 50 kilometers away, he settled in Gonglongon about two   years ago. He has only been on the FAO supported farm for one month.    His seedling beds are doing well.  He hopes to transfer them to the main   site in days to come and is already looking to a good harvest. “What I   received was a complete package from FAO.  We get food support from a   number of organizations but this agriculture assistance means everything to   me,” he says

As   part of its dry season interventions in support to internally displaced   persons (IDPs), returnees and vulnerable host families in Borno, Yobe and   Adamawa states, FAO provided with capacity building, vegetable seeds,   fertilisers and irrigation support for the dry season.

Mursi   and Muktar are some of the farmers who embraced the project with great   enthusiasm and less than two months into the programme, the enthusiasm has   started paying off. The farmers, mostly youths and women, are already looking   to a good harvest. The early signs of a potentially good harvest are evident   by the crisps and fresh carrots, huge cabbages and other vegies being   gathered from the fields.

Vegetables   seedlings covering carrot, okra, amaranthus, sorrel, roselle, onion, tomato,   pepper, watermelon and cabbage were given to each farer in a master kit.

Deputy FAO Representative to Nigeria, Nourou Macki   Tall,said: “Supporting vulnerable host communities, displaced populations and   returnees in northeast Nigeria to resume their agriculture activities pave   the way to durable solutions.  Agriculture cannot be an afterthought.   This is the starting point for the implementation of longer-term activities   that contribute to strengthening the population’s resilience.”