By Salisu Sani-Idris
The Federal Administration of the Capital Territory (FCTA) has started to sensitize farmers in the territory to adapt and build “resilient agricultural and food security systems”.
Mr. Ibe Chukwuemeka, the Acting Secretary of the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat of the FCTA, said this when he launched a climate-smart agriculture (CSA) awareness campaign in Abuja on Wednesday. .
Chukwuemeka said resilient agriculture and food security systems will mitigate the effects of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from farming activities.
He noted that the issue of climate change had become a global phenomenon that was exacerbated by poor agricultural practices – burning fossil fuels and cutting down forests, among others.
Chukwuemeka added that these practices add huge amounts of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
He explained that the concept of climate-smart agriculture that the FCT administration is promoting aims to strengthen the integration of agricultural development and climate responsiveness to increase food production.
He said: “It is in this regard that the FCT administration ordered that this awareness and awareness campaign be brought to all 17 FCT chiefdoms.
“This will allow the administration to educate farmers and the general public on adapting and building resilient agricultural and food security systems, as well as reducing GHG emissions from farming activities. ”
He said the Forestry Department has produced a multilingual manual on climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in agriculture.
Previously, the Director of Forests, Ms Caroline Opara, said it was imperative that the farmers in the territory be equipped and updated with modern farming methods aimed at environmental sustainability in order to increase production.
Opara said that in 2020, five people were arrested and prosecuted for forest encroachment in some FCT regional councils, while two more were arrested in 2021.
Speaking, the Sa’peyi of Garki advised the forestry department to be proactive in combating forest encroachment.
Nga’kupi also stressed the need for the agricultural secretariat of the FCT to create a “forest ranger” to reduce encroachment on the territory.
The traditional leader warned his subject against practices that could have a negative impact on the environment and agriculture.
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