President Donald Trump’s campaign wired 3 million dollars to officials in Wisconsin to fund a partial recount of votes in the Nov. 3 United States presidential election, an official said.
The State Elections Commission said this in a Twitter statement on Wednesday.
“The Wisconsin Elections Commission has received a wire transfer from the Trump campaign for 3 million dollars.
“No petition has been received yet, but the Trump campaign has told WEC staff one will be filed today. We have no further information at this time,” the commission said.
The Trump campaign in a separate statement said it would file a petition later in the day for a recount in two counties, Milwaukee and Dane.
The statement cited illegally altered absentee ballots, illegally issued absentee ballots, and illegal advice given by government officials allowing Wisconsin’s Voter ID laws to be circumvented.
The campaign contends that officials sent absentee ballots to “indefinitely confined” voters without requiring that the voters submit identification, as required by state election laws.
A state website defines indefinitely confined voters as people with restricted mobility due to age, physical illness, infirmity or disability.
The Trump campaign claimed the number of confined voter ballots surged from 72,000 in 2019 to 240,000 in the November election and that a “substantial number” of those ballots were returned without proper identification.
The latest tally shows Biden beat Trump in Wisconsin by more than 20,000 votes.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Mouktar Adamu
Farmers, who are mainly youths in Nasarawa have called on the state government to adopt new irrigation technologies to boost dry season rice production in order to avert hunger after the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The farmers made the call on Monday during a visit to demonstration farms in three communities in Lafia Local Government Area of the state.
The project, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) is led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and implemented in Nigeria through the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR) at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, aimed at water conservation and boosting agricultural productivity.
Ayuba Abimiku, one of the farmers at Gidan Mai-Akuya community, said that the pressured plastic piped, sprinkler and advanced wet and drying scheduling irrigation technologies had made dry season farming a lot easier.
Abimiku noted that with the new system, less water was required unlike the old method where they often flooded their farms.
“This system allows for proper water management and the farmer can determine the right amount of water needed in the field per time,”he said.
Similarly, Godiya Ovey from Madagba community, said that the system had made dry season rice farming attractive to the youths, who hitherto do not want to get themselves dirty.
“This is a system that does not require much effort once you know how to set it up. You can combine it with other endeavours,”he added.
Also, Moses Tsaku, another youth farmer from Azuba-Bashayi community, said the technology had changed his perception about farming.
He encouraged other farmers to consider going into dry season farming using the technology and not rely only on rain-fed farming for rice production.
The farmers, therefore urged the state government to scale up the technology and provide the necessary support in order to ensure an all year round rice production and sufficiency after the Coronavirus pandemic.
Prof. Henry Igbadun, the Project Coordinator, who was represented by the Nasarawa state coordinator, Oklo Jonathan, said that the project began in 2019 with the training of 40 youths and agriculture extension workers on the new irrigation technologies.
According to him, the farmers were trained and introduced to the technologies with field demonstration where the farmers, in groups of 10, applied the technologies in rice production from nursery, transplanting and almost ready for harvest soon.
He said that the essence of the project was water management for increased rice production.
“The project is aimed at building the capacity of a cadre of trainers, including innovation platform facilitators, extension agents, champion farmers and youths in the proper use of irrigation and water management technologies as well as implementation of good irrigation management practice,”Igbadun said.
Joshua, therefore, advised the state government and other agricultural stakeholders to scale up the project in order to ensure food sufficiency, especially with the looming food shortage occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)
Bunkure (Kano State), Fed. 27, 2020 The Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University Zaria on Thursday, conducted field demonstration for youth farmers in Bunkure Local Government Area of Kano State on irrigation water management for wheat production
Nigeria News Agency reports that the field day was organised to showcase Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)-Water Enabler Compact (WEC), water management technologies for improved wheat production in Alkamawa,
The National Coordinator of (TAAT-WEC) project, Prof. Henry Igbadun said that the project which is one of the 15 Compacts Projects funded by African Development Bank (AfDB), is currently training 30 farmers and 10 extension workers in Kano State on water management technologies.
Igbadun explained that, “the TAAT-WEC project is anchored by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and in Nigeria the Project activities are executed by the IAR.
“The task of this project is to scale-out proven tools, technological solutions and innovations in irrigation and agricultural water management to increase productivity and production of wheat, rice and Sorghum.
“It is also to build the capacity of cadre of trainers, including innovation platform facilitators, extension agents, champion farmers and youths in the proper use of irrigation and water management technologies and implementation of good irrigation management practice.”
According to Igbadun, the initiative was also aimed at attracting investment from public and private sources into irrigated agricultural production of wheat, rice and sorghum through the demonstration of viability and profitability of irrigation technologies.
He added that, “traditionally, water is lifted from the tube well using centrifugal pumps and allowed to run by gravity on soil surfaces to the crop field.
“But this method is not only tedious, but it takes a longer time to irrigate the fields, more hours of running the irrigation pumps, higher water conveyance losses, and of fields.
”The PVC conveyance and distribution technology is therefore appropriate to overcome these challenges . It saves time/hours of irrigation, which in turn reduces the cost of production and increases yield,” Igbadun said.
The Coordinator who displayed several irrigation facilities at the field day, mentioned some of them as “Impact Sprinklers, Gun Sprinklers, Weirs, Flumes, Spiles, and Orifices.”
On the Wheat field, the Gun Sprinklers, Impact Sprinklers were being used to irrigate the field while he mentioned an irrigation system called “Improved surface irrigation using PVC pipes.”
In his remarks, the Director of Engineering services, Kano State Ministry of Agriculture, Engr. Rabiu Abdulkadir commended the IAR for introducing such technology.
According to him, the technology assists farmers to reduce water wastage and increase their production.
He called on the farmers to utilise the opportunity and adopt the method.
Also in his remarks, the Managing Director, Kano State Agricultural Development Agency (KNARDA), Ibrahim Suleiman while commending the IAR, assured that the government would look into sustaining the project.
Speaking on behalf of the farmers, the Chairman, wheat farmers association in Kano, Musa Shehu pledged to mobilise their members to use the technology.
He explained that the method has been tested and it yielded good results and therefore called on the state government to continue with the project even after the IAR project.
Edited By: Janefrances Oraka and Isaac Ukpoju
The Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR) at the Ahmadu Bello university Zaria, has commenced field training of 2,000 youth farmers and extension agents in Nasarawa state on improved irrigation system for dry season rice production.
The training is part of the African Development Bank (AfDB) funded project tagged: ‘Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)- Water Enabler Compact (WEC)’ being implemented by IAR and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Prof. Henry Igbadun, National Coordinator of the TAAT-WEC project, began the training exercise on Thursday at the project demonstration farm in Azuba-Bashayi village near Lafia.
Igbadun said the field training was a follow-up to the pre-season workshop held for the youth farmers and participant on December 17, 2019.
He explained that the project was geared toward exposing the participants to simple irigation technology on improved water management to boost rice production.
According to Igbadun, the three years project began in 2019 with a baseline survey and introduction of the technology to farmers to encourage dry season rice production in the state.
He added that the second phase involved the field training of the farmers and extension agent on the practical application of the irrigation system.
He said the third phase would feature the distribution of starter packs such water pumps and conveyance kits to the beneficiaries to enable them train other farmers.
He explained that though the project had 2,000 target beneficiaries in the state, 40, including 10 extension agents were selected for the field training, who would in turn cascade it down to other farmers.
He exposed the participqnts to the sprinkler and border strip pressured irrigation systems where water is pumped into the farm using PVC pipes.
Igbadun pointed out that unlike the spate irrigation system where the field could be flooded with adverse effect on production, the technology driven method ensures effective water management.
Participants at the thanked the organisers for gesture and promised to make judiciously use of the opportunity to improve their rice production.
Mrs Naomi Nature, an extension agent said the new irrigation system was a welcome development as it required less amount of water, less time consuming and guarantees more yield.
Similarly, Augustine Oble, a youth farmer from Maiakuya village said the new irrigation technology had broaden his scope on rice production.
Oble however, appealed for financial assistance from the government and other agencies to enable the youth farmers acquire the needed tools to set up the system in their fields.
Edited By: Isaac Ukpoju
The Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (ABU) has trained 40 young farmers in Kano on improved irrigation technology.The Nigeria News Agency reports that the training was in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), under the Technology for African Agricultural Transformation-Water Enabler Compact (TAAT-WEC) project.Speaking during the training at Alkamawa in Bunkure Local Government Area of the State, the TAAT-WEC National Coordinator, Prof. Henry Igbadu said the training was aimed at creating awareness among young farmers on modern irrigation technology.Igbadu said the participants selected from the three Senatorial zones would be trained on the installation of PVC pipes pressured irrigation system.According to him, the training is targeting at shifting the farmers from traditional to the modern method of irrigation farming.“We are training 30 young farmers selected by the Kano State Agricultural Development Agency (KNARDA), and 10 extension workers selected by the Wheat Farmers Association and Wheat innovation platform.”The participants are from the three senatorial zones, Alkamawa in Bunkure, Kadawa in Garin Malam Bagwai and Kura Local Government Areas, where wheat farmers dominate,” he said.Igbadun said the training was aimed at introduceing the young farmers to the new technology early in life, hoping that they would sustain it and to enable them retrain other youths as future leaders.The Coordinator said that the on-farm training would give the farmers the opportunity to acquire knowledge on the new dry season water management on wheat and rice production.He said that the technoogy had recorded reduction in water conveyance losses by 90 per cent with the use of PVC pipes to distribute water, reduction in cost of production and increase in profit.Igbadu said that the project, which they demonstrated also introduced improved seeds to the farmers was funded by the African Development Bank (ADB).“Our target within the three years of the project which started in 2019, is to engage not less than 25,000 youth farmers across Kaduna, Nasarawa, Jigawa and Kano states.”Speaking to NAN, two of the participants, Mr Bashar Abdullahi and Husna Aminu, while commending the project coordinator, assured him that they would use the opportunity to mobilise others to adopt the same method.Aminu said that the training was a welcome development and it would contribute to boosting the economy, especially now that agriculture was the major focus of President Muhammad Buhari.Edited by: Chidinma Agu/Grace Yussuf
About 2,000 youth farmers in Nasarawa State are to benefit from an African Development Bank (AfDB) project tagged: ‘Technologies for African Transformation (TAAT)- Water Enabler Compact (WEC)’, to boost dry season rice production in the state.Prof. Henry Igbadun, National Coordinator of the TAAT-WEC project, stated this in Lafia on Tuesday at a pre-season sensitisation workshop on improved water management in rice system to increase production.Igbadun said the project, being implemented by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Institute for Agricultural Research(IAR) as well as Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, was aimed at irrigation water management for increased rice production.He said the project, which started in Nasarawa State in March 2019 with a baseline survey, revealed that rice farmers in the state largely cultivated during the wet season.According to him, those interested in dry season farming use spate irrigation method of diverting water from streams that usually flooded their fields, thereby adversely affecting the output of production.The national coordinator, however, said that the pilot phase of the project with the field demonstration of simple technologies at rice farms in Azuba-bashayi and Bukan-sidi in Lafia, had made a lot of difference in dry season rice production.He said that about 120 rice farmers comprising youth and women as well as agricultural extension workers were currently being trained under the project for them to cascade the training to other farmers in their communities.Nigeria News Agency reports that starter packs such as water pumps and conveyance kits would be given to the beneficiaries at the end of the training.Igbadun, however, called on the State Government and other stakeholders to support the project to enable more farmers to benefit.Dr Olufunke Coffie, Head of West Africa office of IWMI, said the institute was working in collaboration with other partners toward providing water solution to boost agricultural productivity in Africa.According to Coffie, the TAAT-WEC focuses mainly on irrigation and water management technologies that will help small-scale farmers to increase sustainable agricultural production.“IWMI, through TAAT-WEC, supports small-scale farmers with gaining access to low-cost irrigation and water management technologies,” Coffie said.Prof. Mohammed Ishiyaku, Executive Director of IAR, said Nasarawa State had the potential of becoming a major rice producing state with the application of the right irrigation technology.Ishiyaku, represented by Prof. Bitrus Tarfa, an Assistant Director at the institute, noted that dry season rice farming using simple technology, produced better yield; as the farmer has control over the amount of water in the farm.Prof. Otaki Alanana, Nasarawa State Commissioner of Agriculture and Water Resources, thanked the organisers of the workshop and assured them of the state government’s partnership to improve rice production.He urged the participants to ensure adequate use of the knowledge gained from the programme in order to improve on their production.A cross section of participants at the workshop, Janet Alanji, Abimiku Allu and Cletus Bako, thanked the organisers of the workshop and promised to extend the training to other rice farmers in their various communities.Edited by: Kamal Tayo Oropo and Abdullahi Yusuf
Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation-Water Enabler Compact (TAAT-WEC) has trained some farmers in Kano on Improved irrigation and water management in wheat and rice production.
The National Coordinator of TAAT-WEC, Prof. Henry Igbadun in his remarks at the workshop on Thursday, said the training was aimed at boosting wheat and rice production in Kano and the country at large.
According to him, the workshop will give the farmers the opportunity to acquire knowledge on the new dry season water management in wheat and rice production.
He said, “TAAT-WEC project scaled out tools , technological solutions and innovations in irrigation and agricultural water management to increase productivity and production of wheat, rice and sorghum.
“We also build the capacity of a cadre of trainers, including innovation platform facilitatiors, extention agents, champion farmers and youths in the proper use of irrigation and water management technologies and implementation of good irrigation management practices,” he said.
According to him, the new technology will also attract investment from public and sector sources into irrigated agricultural production of wheat, rice and sorghum through the demonstration of viability and profitability of irrigation technologies.
Igbadun added that the TAAT-WEC project had also distributed wheat seeds and fertilizer to selected farmers in Kadawa and Alkamawa communities of the state to motivate them to cultivate wheat in the 2018/2019 season.
This will serve as control plots to the TAAT-WEC demonstration fields in the two locations, aimed at comparing the yields from their fields with that of the TAAT-WEC fields to assess the effect of the new technology.
The technology has yielded good results with increased in wheat yield by 15 to 15.5 per cent in check basins and 26 to 37.2 per cent in raised-bed strips when compared with farmers’ fields.
High values were recorded in Alkamawa compared to Kadawa. Our development objective is to rapidly expand access of smallholder farmers to high yielding agricultural technologies to improve food production, assure food security and raise rural incomes”, he explained.
According to Igbadun, the technoogy also recorded reduction in water conveyance losses by 90 per cent with the use of PVC pipes to distribute water, reduce cost of production and increase profit.
He added that Farmers’ field are no longer flooded due to breached canal walls when spiles with control valves are used.
Igbadun said that the project was funded by the African Development Bank (ADB) through the collaboration of International Water Management Institute and the Institue of Agricultural Research (IAR) Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
In his remarks, the Kano State Deputy Governor, Dr Nasiru Gawuna commended the TAAT-WEC for the workshop, saying it will go along way in complementing the efforts of the state government on agriculture.
Gawuna, who was represented by the Director of Administration, Ministry of Agriculture, Hajiya Zarah Suleiman said the state government was ready to give the project all the necessary support.
He said the workshop will contribute in enhancing the knowledge of the farmers on the modern farming technology and called on them to adopt the new technology.
Edited by: Tukur Muntari.
A request for a recount of Wisconsin’s presidential vote was on Friday filed with the Wisconsin Elections Commission in Madison, commencing processes for the recount of Nov. 8 presidential votes in the state.
Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator Mike Haas confirmed on Friday that the commission had received the recount petitions by Green Party’s presidential nominee in the election, Jill Stein.
“The Commission is preparing to move forward with a state-wide recount of votes for president of the United States, as requested by these candidates,” Haas confirmed.
The Commission also confirmed on its website that it “has received the Stein and Del la Fuente recount petitions. Details and news release posted soon.”
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the deadline for filing a recount petition for Wisconsin was at 5p.m. on Friday while the Federal deadline for the recount is Dec. 13.
NAN also reports that there have been concerns over the credibility of the election in the battleground states where Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump by about one per cent.
The concerns have also heightened recently as Clinton’s lead over Trump in popular votes has surpassed two million as additional votes are being counted in the presidential election.
Petitions were filed by Stein and from Rocky Roque De La Fuente for the Wisconsin recount, while Stein is also pushing for a recount in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Already, the commission said it had prepared its staff for the recount when it was informed on Wednesday by Stein Campaign that it was filing for votes recount.
Elections Supervisor of Wisconsin, Ross Hein, had sent a memo over the votes recount to Wisconsin County Clerks and Milwaukee County Election Commission since Wednesday.
“WEC staff has been informed that the Jill Stein campaign for President of the United States is going to request a statewide recount.
On Friday afternoon Green Party member George Martin said the party acted after alerts from elections experts, who saw what they call “statistical anomalies” in Wisconsin’s vote totals and discrepancies with exit poll numbers.
“We are not doing this to the benefit of one candidate over the other. We’re doing this for the benefit of the American public so we can trust that our votes are counted,” Martin said
However, Wisconsin Elections Commission has said that hacking would be close to impossible.
“Voting equipment is not connected to the Internet, and we emphasise that all the time, that would mean that someone would have to have physical access to the voting equipment.
“And more than that, they would essentially have to break into a locked storage unit on the voting equipment,” Haas, the Wisconsin Election Commission administrator, said.
The Green Party has raised more than five million dollars, exceeding its targeted 4.5 million dollars, and is now moving toward a seven million dollars goal to also cover recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan.
NAN recalls that Trump had won the Nov. 8 presidential election based on Electoral College while Clinton, who lost the election, led Trump by over two million popular votes as at Wednesday.