The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, has received the former National Youth Leader of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Paul Ogudu, into the fold of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ogudu was received by Aliyu and the APC National Secretary, Chief Iyiola Omisore, at the Progressives Young Leaders Summit held on Monday in Abuja.
Aliyu, who commended the ADC’s former national youth leader for his decision, described it as a strength for the ruling APC.
“Every political party has two legs, the youths and the women.
Today we have one leg of the ADC broken and strengthening the youth fold of the APC.
This indeed is great.
“Do you know why?
A single decision of a youth in this country matters.
We said it is youth O’clock.
Youths have awaken to their responsibility.
They have embraced APC in totality.
“We said it here yesterday, if you want the best for the Nigerian youths, come to the APC fold.
If you want the most articulated Nigeria youths, come to the APC family,’’she said.
Aliyu, urged other youths to show others the road to victory come the 2023 general elections.
“I thank you for making the right decision at the right time.
However, now that you have realised, and by the power conferred on me by President Muhammadu Buhari as Minister of State FCT, I present to you, this broom which symbolises unity.
“I urge you to use your privileged position to show others the road to victory.
’’ She said that the APC was united to confront whatever is ready for the party, adding that, “APC has given good governance and will continue in the same trend.
“We will perfect that which we have started by the grace of God. We believe in this continuity and by the special grace of God, our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will be President of Nigeria in 2023,”Aliyu said.
Also speaking, Omisore, commended Ogudu for joining the ruling party at the critical time, saying APC has no new or old members, but all partaker to success that need to work hard and pray.
Omisore expressed confidence that the -led administration would run a youth-friendly government.
Ogudu, who publicly tore his ADP membership card, said “I, formerly the national youth leader of ADC defect my membership and I collapse the national, state, local government, ward and unit of ADC into the APC.
“My capacity will be demonstrated when campaign stated to kick start this month of September.
” The high point of the occasion include the presentation of an award to FCT Minister of State by the APC youth national leader for her outstanding contribution to youth development and empowerment.
Addressing journalists at the event, the Special Adviser to Kogi State Governor on Youth and Student Affairs, Ahmed Jubril, commended Tinubu for appointing Gov. Yahaya Bello as the National Coordinator for Youth, for the APC national campaign council.
Jubril assured the ruling party that victory is certain for APC in Kogi come 2023, saying no vacancy for the opposition.
Food Security: LIFEThe Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises Project in the Niger Delta (LIFE-ND), says it will partner with agriculture extension service workers in Delta to drive project for result.
The LIFE-ND, a Federal Government agricultural flagship programme, is co-sponsored by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and State governments in the region.
The State Coordinator, LIFE-ND, Mr Collins Ashoro stated this at a one-day Workshop for Delta State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (DARDA) Development Programme (ADP) Stakeholders on Extension Service Delivery in Asaba.
He said that the training would enable the LIFE-ND partner the extension advisors(workers) to reach beneficiaries of the project through relevant advocacy in 10 Local Government Areas of the state.
Ashoro said that 20 agricultural extension workers who participated in the workshop would be deployed on demand to reach the LIFE-ND beneficiaries in four commodities; fisheries, poultry, cassava and oil palm production and processing in 100 communities in selected LGAs.“This workshop is to further the need for us to collaborate with the ADP because we are aware that you have capacity to create the needed advocacy around the four commodities.
” Recently, we have collaboration with the ADP in nutrition, where we introduce Women in Agriculture to have nutrition guided in their food.
“As we speak, activities are on in the field that has to do with introducing mix vegetable garden to 90 beneficiaries and as they are been established, we expect that expertise is needed to guide them to maintain and continue to do the cropping.
He charged the participants to take the training serious and always armed themselves with requisite knowledge to give the necessary support to farmers.
” So, you must be prepared and ensure that you don’t give wrong information because it could lead to crop failure and colossal damage to the products.
“As an extension advisors, everything you do to the farmers should be apt and correct and I must say that we in the LIFE-ND, we do not have enough man power, so, we are relying on you the extension workers to give the support we needed.
” The LIFE-ND project has a sub-component 1.4 which has to do with strengthening of institutions and building capacity cadre and enterprise groups in areas of operation which also include building capacity of the ADP too.
“The office will be doing remuneration when need arise and your services will be demand driven and you will be operating in 10 LGAs in 100 communities where our project beneficiaries are.
On his part, Mr Charles Mordi, Programme Manager, DARDA, charged the participants to get abreast with modern farm practices to adequately deliver quality extension services to the farmers.
According to him, the state government will soon start a monthly training for the extension officers to keep equip them with requisite knowledge’s to support the rural farmers.
He challenged the officers to always have a recourse to the head office instead of giving wrong advise to the farmers.
In her overview, Mrs Paula Omare, Rural Institution Gender Officer (RIGYO), LIFE-ND, said that the project was on in six states of the NIger Delta.
According to her, the project adopted the incubator and incubatees model to train the beneficiaries in the four selected commodities; fisheries, Poultry, cassava and oil palm production and processing.
She said that the project was gender sensitive and that beneficiaries were trained, supported and exposed to finances and to markets to enable them survive at the exit of the project.
“The essence of this workshop is capture in the LIFE-ND sub-component 1.4 which is rural institution strengthening; this will benefit farmers group, community based organisations, ADPs enterprise groups, among othersThe News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants were trained on best approaches and challenges to extension service delivery; managing post harvest losses and; climate change and climate smart agriculture.
The governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Kano State, Malam Sha’aban Sharada, has promised to grant full autonomy to the 44 local council areas in the state if elected.
Sharada gave the assurance during the declaration of his candidature at a grand event at Sani Abacha Youth Centre in Kano on Saturday.
Addressing his supporters, he said local governments used to be a place where masses felt the impact of government through execution of developmental projects at the grassrootsThe governorship candidate said he would make governance at the level more accountable and accessible to the people.
He promised to revive the Local Government Administration System in the state to make them functional and viable.
“I will revive the system to make it more accessible to the people living in the rural areas and stem urban migration,” Sharada added.
The former Aide of President Muhammadu Buhari and member, House of Representatives, noted that his decision to contest was not anchored on his personal will or do-or-die affair.
The lawmaker, who is the Chairman House Committee on Security, urged the ADP members to unite and focus on how to work together to defeat the APC.
Earlier, the National Chairman of the party, Mr Yabagi Yusuf, said the state needed redemption, to return to the path of glory.
Yusuf said that the APC’s reign in the state should be ended at the coming elections.
He urged ADP members and electorate in the state to vote for Mr Sharada.
Sharada defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) after failing to clinch the party’s gubernatorial seat.
A Socio-Political Group, Aku Diewa Professionals (ADP), has provided free medical outreach to 1,500 persons in Igbo-Etiti West Constituency, Enugu to support Labour party’s (LP) Presidential Candidate, Mr Peter Obi. ADP Chairman, Prof. Uchenna Akubue, said on Saturday that it organised the health outreach to enable members of Igbo-Etiti constituency to have access to healthcare.
He said the medical outreach would be used to also support LP governorship candidate in Enugu, Mr Chijoke Edeoga, Enugu North Senatorial candidate, Mr Okey Ezea and Igbo-Etiti West House of Assembly candidate, Mr Williams Amuka.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ADP comprises Lawyers, Doctors, Professors and Engineers among others from Igbo-Etiti West Constituency.
Akubue said the outreach was in line with Obi’s agenda of providing quality healthcare services to all Nigerians.
“Instead of giving them beer or sharing money, we check and treat their health issues.
“We are also using it to sensitise and mobilise them on the need to vote en masse for Obi and other LP candidates in Enugu State come 2023 general elections,” he said.
Akubue further said that free diagnosis, drugs, eye glasses, surgery were among the things the people of the constituents would benefit from the outreach.
He added that 3 surgeons, nurses, doctors and other health workers were on ground to attend to people’s needs.
“We will do all that is required to promote Obi’s agenda of lifting the down trodden because we believe in service and health being an issue that needed urgent intervention,” he said.
Addressing them, Edeoga said he would replicate same medical outreach from time to time across the state if elected into power.
He stated that government had failed the people of the area in spite of their numerous support of the ruling party in the state.
The governorship candidate described Aku as the manpower of Enugu State, adding that they had highest professors in the South-East. “I will engage all your professors as I need people that will add value to my government and will incorporate them for the good of Enugu State,” he said.
Edeoga, however, advised them to reject other political parties’ money and vote wisely, stressing that it was the turn of Ndigbo to produce a president.
In an address, Amuka said due to decay in healthcare system in the state and Nigeria in general, ADP saw the gap and decided help in their little way.
Canvassing for votes for LP, Amuka urged Nigerians to vote for Obi and other party candidates in the state .
A beneficiary, Ms Ozo Felicia, who had lipoma, a benign tumour of fatty tissue, expressed joy over the outreach.
She said: “I have carried this for more than 10 years but today, they have examined me and told me that I will be operated on to remove the tumour.
“I am so excited; my God will bless them and we are going to vote for LP, ” she said.
The federal government has taken steps to strengthen extension services and guarantee food security in the country, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammed Mahmood-Abubakar, has said.
The minister said this on Tuesday in a two-day National Agricultural Extension Development Coordination (NAEDC) stakeholders workshop held in Lafia.
Mahmood-Abubakar said that the meeting offered him opportunity to clarify issues on the ongoing policy objectives of the government in the agricultural extension subsector.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had since revived the Nigerian National Agricultural Extension System (NARES) to focus attention on the small scale farmers to accelerate agricultural productivity and production.
“Historically, NARES had recorded the most impactful performance in the days of Agricultural Development Programme (APD).
“As we are all aware the ADP extension network has been adjudged as one of the best extension delivery methodology.
“Under the ADP approach, the government provides infrastructural facilities, conduct of worthwhile trainings on improved agricultural technology and supply farm inputs to the small scale farmers as a vehicle for accelerating agricultural productivity and production,’’ he said.
The minister said that the federal government, in collaboration with state governments and development partners in the last seven years, had been supporting farmers.
He said that the restoration of the ADPs was a major priority of the federal government toward poverty eradication and zero hunger in line with the goals one of two of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He, therefore, appealed to the stakeholders to use the workshop to assess the progress being made by the government and advise where necessary.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State lauded the choice of the state for the workshop.
Sule said that the choice of Nasarawa State to host the workshop was in view of the comparative advantage of the state in the agricultural value-chain development.
He said government was not unaware of the neglect the agricultural extension agents suffered over time as a result of dependency on oil as the major source of revenue to the nation’s economy.
“Today, the ADPs are faced with the issue of under-staffing which has negated the programme in meeting the World Bank standard of agricultural practices.
“It is for this reason that the government of Nasarawa State made concerted effort by collaborating with other organisations to fill vacancies created and to engage the people in productive activities,” he said.
The governor also said that arrangements had been concluded to employ more agricultural extension agents in the state to complement the efforts of the federal government.
The theme of the workshop is “Strengthening the Agricultural Development Programmes (ADP) for Effective Agricultural Extension Service Delivery at the Grassroots in Nigeria for National Agricultural Extension Development.
Farmers in Nigeria have bemoaned the high cost of fertiliser and expressed concern that the situation is threatening food security in the country.
The farmers who expressed their worries in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in the South-South, said government withdrawal of subsidy had aggravated the situation.
They called on government to intervene adopt measures that would ensure that the product got to genuine farmers to gurantee increase in food production and food security.
The Chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) in Delta, Chief Sylvanus Ejezie, said fertiliser and agrochemicals which aided farmers to achieve good produce had become too exorbitant.
He told NAN in Asaba that the push and efforts by government to address food insecurity would not be realised in the near future unless urgent steps were taken to address the rising cost of the product.
He said that government subsidy on fertiliser had been hijacked by “political farmers” who presented themselves as middlemen between fertiliser companies and the farmers.
“We source our fertilisers from Onitsha market because there is fertiliser plant in Delta State.
“The prices of fertiliser and agrochemicals have risen so high that we cannot afford the quantity that we require to cultivate many hectares this year.
“Fifty kilogram of NPK fertiliser currently is going for N17,000; urea is N25,000 while a liter of organic fertiliser is sold for N6,000. “This year, I cultivated 40 hectares of rice in Owens River Basin at Ngegu, Illah, and Oko Omuluigboma.
I also cultivated 35 hectares for the wet season,” he said.
He said farmers in Delta had started harvesting but were not expecting bumper harvest because they were not able to apply all the needed inputs because of their high cost.
“The implication is clear.
At present a bag of local 50kg rice is sold for between N23,000 and N25,000 but after we factor in the cost of production, the price will increase.
“So, as you can see, the food security plan of government is threatened because we can not produce much rice; other crops are affected due to the rising cost of production in the country,” he said.
Ejezie appealed to government to deal directly with real farmers through their various associations in fertilisers and agrochemical supply and distribution to achieve planed objectives.
In Calabar, Mr Bassey Etim, Programme Manager, Cross River Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), painted a gloomy picture of rice harvest in the state this year due to high cost of fertiliser.
Etim said that the product was now out of reach of most farmers in the state as the cost of urea fertiliser that was sold for between N16,000 to N18,000 per 50kg bag was now sold for N26,000. “With the high cost, poor farmers in the rural areas won’t be able to boost their yield,” he lamented.
The ADP programme manager said that Cross River has no fertiliser plant and that they get stock from River state.
On his part, Mr. Iwara Iwara, Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Cross River, said unavailability and high cost of fertiliser was scuttling Nigeria’s agricultural goal of food sufficiency.
Iwara said it would be very difficult to guarantee bumper harvest which would in turn ensure food security in the nearest future if farmers could not get the product.
He said that the product was sold from N18,000 upwards per medium bag, depending on the type.
“This price is almost beyond the reach of an average farmer in the state, meaning that we still have a long way to go if we must ensure food security in the near future,” he noted.
Similarly, Mr Emmanuel Odey, a rice farmer in Ogoja said: “Here a medium size bag of fertiliser is between N20,000 and N30,000, depending on the quality and composition of the product.
“Most farmers here borrow to do the labour in their farms and before it gets to the time to apply fertiliser, they are already out of cash and with the high cost of fertiliser the situation is worse.
“So many of them just leave the farms like that and at the end during harvest, the productivity is very low.
” To tackle the problem, the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Akwa Ibom called on government to retore subsidy on fertiliser to reduce farmers’ burden as the price of the product was beyond their reach.
The AFAN Chairman in the state, Mr Bassey Inwang who made the call, said that farmers in the state were buying the product at a very high cost and that it was affecting their yields.
He said that they were buying the product directly from the open market without any subsidy by government.
“We do not enjoy subsidy on fertiliser.
The Federal, State and Local Governments should collaborate to end this high cost of fertiliser as is affecting food production.
“Government should reintroduce subsidy as it was in those good years of 2012, 2013 and 2014 to help farmers,” he said.
However, Mr Johnny Udo, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Greenwell Technologies Fertiliser Blending Operations, Uyo, attributed the high cost of the product to the high cost of raw materials.
Udo, a Chemical Engineer, said the cost of running the bleding plant had increased tremendously as about 400 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) was used every two days at the cost of N800 per litre.
He stated that apart from high cost of diesel, other raw materials were expensive as they were imported from Ukraine and Russia now engaged in war.
“For instance, a litre of diesel last year was about N250 and today it is N800 per litre.
The cost of two major raw materials for blending fertiliser is very high than what it was last year,” Udo said.
He said that the private company had a production capacity of about 64, 000 metric tonnes per year, but could hardly meet up due to the present economic situation in the country.
He urged governments at all levels to do something urgently as there might be serious food scarcity in the country next year.
A distributor of fertiliser and agro-chemicals in Port Harcourt, Mr Godwin Akandu, said that there was no government intervention in fertiliser procurement for farmers in the state.
NAN reports that Indorama is a major fertiliser production company in Rivers with a production capacity of 23,000 tonnes of ammonia and 4,000 tonnes of granular urea per day.
Notore is another fertiliser blending company in the state with a production capacity of over 2,000 metric tonnes of NPK per day.
Akandu who is also the Chairman of Etche Farmers Cooperative Union lamented the high cost of the product in the state.
“The cost of fertiliser is not stable; it fluctuates on weekly basis.
“For instance, last week, Indorama sold urea for N22,000 per bag in the open market.
The price may change in the coming weeks.
“I think that the exchange rate of the Naira to the Dollar is a determinant factor on production cost and market pricing of fertilisers,” he added.
Mr Edison Mba, a farmer and Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (ALFAN), Eleme branch, said farmers in the state had continued to suffer high cost of fertiliser.
According to him, the situation had resulted in high cost of staple foods items.
Also, Addullahi Muhammed, Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Edo North Senatorial District, said government had not been subsidising fertiliser for farmers in the state.
Muhammed said it had remained difficult for farmers to access the product in the state.
He told NAN in Auchi that fertiliser was being sold at the rate of N16,500 per bag, adding that farmers in the area could not afford to buy it.
“Government has not made fertiliser available to farmers, let alone subsidising it.
The fertiliser farmers are buying in the market is sold by private vendors.
“No fertiliser supply was coming directly from the federal or state government to farmers in the state,” Muhamned said.
He added that the state fertiliser company at Auchi was not producing, and farmers in the senatorial district found it difficult to buy the product.
The AFAN chairman blamed the rising cost of fertiliser on inadequate production of the product.
He, however, urged government to do its best to make the product available to farmers in the country at subsidised rate.
“Increased production of fertiliser will make the product more available and force the price down “There must be sufficient production to enable farmers to have access to fertiliser,” he said Farmers in Bayelsa have also continued to bemoan the rising cost of the product and said the development was inimical to the country’s policy on food security.
A cassava farmer, Esther Etido, wondered why government that urged Nigerians to embark on farming had not taken steps to ensure that fertiliser and other farm inputs were available and affordable.
“Many people heeded the call to go into farming to boost food production only to be abandoned.
Soon after planting, I was told that a bag of NPK fertilizer was being sold at N30,000. “I could not afford it and had to do without it.
The next option was to use organic fertiliser and the place where they rear cattle is too far for me to get cow dung.
“I thank God because the Niger Delta soil is naturally fertile.
I still had a good harvest without fertiliser,” she said.
For another respondent, Epegu Ceaser, the exhorbitant cost of fertiliser spells doom for plantain and banana farmers who used to adopt shifting cultivation and leave lands fallow for several years.
“The use of fertiliser is now a necesssity because land owners who lease land to farmers no longer allow the land to fallow for years.
“This is because many more people are now farming; so the pressure for the land is much and that is why fertilliser is needed.
“If you manage and buy fertiliser and suckers at very high prices, definitely the produce will be sold at higher prices for you to make reasonable profit,” he said.
Mrs Theresa Ebiowei, a garri seller, attributed the current high cost of the staple food to the high cost of fertiliser.
“The farmers complain seriously about the scarcity and high cost of fertiliser and that is why they sell their produce at high prices.
“You know garri processing is also labour-intensive; that is why a “painter” measure goes for N1,000. “In previous years at this time, there used to be a glutt and it is usually sold for between N700 and N800 a painter,” Ebiowei said.
The Action Democratic Party (ADP) on Friday unveiled Mr Victor Fingesi, as its Rivers governorship candidate, for 2023 poll.Unveiling the candidate, the state ADP Chairman, Mr Kendrick Christian, said that the party was tired of bad governance in the state and has decided to give the people a credible alternative.“We lack good leadership in this state and have suffered a lot.We want to hand over to the people a good pilot that will develop the state and take it to greater heights,” Christian said.In his speach, Fingesi said he wanted to be the governor to solve the problems of the state including poverty, unemployment as well as increased crime and insecurity.“My Rivers people, the major problem we have is poverty which is the reason we are having increased rate of crime and insecurity,” he said.Fingesi said that the state was blessed with natural and human resources, generating N57.3 billion annually and yet had over 1.7 million unemployed youths.The candidate said the state also has over 188,590 out of school children, due to poor leadership.He promised to revolutionalise agriculture and create jobs for the teeming population if voted in 2023. He said that with over 250,000 fertile arable land and rich water ways, Rivers could lead an agricultural revolution and feed the rest of the world.“We will bring mentoring experts and skill trainers from functional economies to transfer skills and knowledge to our people to rebuild the economy of Rivers to our desires and dreams,” he said.On education, the candidate said ADP administration would invest 25 per cent of the state budget in education to provide technical, formal and vocational skills at all levels.“Our administration will turn our youths into globally competitive force and we will harness their full potentials in rebuilding Rivers.“In Action Democratic Party, we want to give Rivers people the opportunity to chose their leaders for themselves.“We are willing by all means to rebuild a government where Rivers people are real stakeholders and no one will be left behind,” he said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Kwara Government has called on poultry farmers to adhere strictly to best practices guiding the poultry business in the country and globally.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mallam AbdulLateef Alakawa, gave the task in Ilorin at the opening ceremony of a 2-day training programme.
The programme was organised by the Kwara Agricultural Development Project (KWADP) in conjunction with the Federal Department of Agricultural Extension for 30 Small Holder Poultry Farmers on best Practices and Management of Poultry Business.
The commissioner urged the trainees to maximise the opportunities of the training to improve the quality of poultry production in the state and the country at large.
Alakawa noted that the livestock sub-sector was one of the major priorities of the present administration in view of its economic importance to the state government’s revenue drive and means of empowering youths and women.
“In order to build a prosperous Kwara, our amiable governor has prioritised agriculture and demonstrated this in the past three years.
“This is through his various interventions in crop farming with the distribution of highly subsidised farm inputs, distribution of small ruminant goats, fingerlings and feed to aquaculture farmers.
“This was done through the State FADAMA-NG CARES Programme and Noiler Chicken Initiative for Rural Women, among other empowerment programmes,” the commissioner said.
He commended the collaborative roles of the Kwara ADP and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in boosting and promoting poultry business in Kwara.
The Director, Federal Department of Agricultural Extension Services, Mr Frank Kudla, explained that the programme was recommended by the Special Technical Committee established by the minister of agriculture and rural development.
He noted that the aim was to develop a workable framework to train 30 poultry farmers in the state.
Kudla, who was represented by the Head of Administration, Extension Department, Mr Ibrahim Oguche, listed some of the major factors affecting poultry farming in the country.
According to him, the factors include lack of interest of farmers, low quality training and lack of funding for the sub-sector.
He added that the training was designed to empower participants with skills and tools needed for poultry business.
In her welcome address, the General Manager, Kwara ADP, Dr Khadijat Alege, disclosed that the training programme was one of the series of trainings lined up for poultry farmers in the state.
Alege also appreciated both the Kwara government and the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development for their support in seamless execution of the ADP’s projects and programmes.
Cross River Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) on Wednesday in Calabar, began step down training programme for 30 extention agents on new approach to agriculture.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new approach, Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment and Promotion (SHEP), is designed to change the orientation of farmers to farming.
The Cross River’s Director for Agricultural Extension Services, Mr Nathaniel Nkor who flagged off the programme, said the approach tended to shift emphasis from consumption to marketing aspect of agriculture.
He said that the approach was aimed at generating income for farmers as well as employment creation.
“This approach will take us from where we were to a new level.
It will add wealth to the income of farmers and also enhance production.
“In essence, the approach changes farmers’ mindset from farming for consumption to farming to make profit,” he said.
Nkor who said he would work to see to the success of the project, however, noted that farmers in the state must be ready to embrace the change.
Earlier in his address, the Programme Manager, Cross River ADP, Mr Bassey Etim, said the theme of the project, “Grow and Sell” to “Grow to Sell” was also aimed at improving farmers’ farming skills.
Etim stressed that the extention agents were carefully selected from the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.
He said that the training which would end on Friday was meant to sufficiently equipp the agents who would in turn pass the knowledge to the farmers.
“This programme must be taken seriously because it wasn’t an easy ride for us to be here.
“Cross Riverx is fortunate to be chosen among 12 competitive states that were further reduced to six states in the second phase of the this programme,” he said.
The ADP programme manager listed the six participating states to include: Cross River, Ogun, Kebbi, Gombe, Anambra and Benue.
Etim said the SHEP project was developed by Japan International Coorperation Agency (JICA) and supported by the Federal Government.
The Yobe State Government says it has distributed agricultural components to 500 farmers in Jajere community as part of its early recovery response project in the state.
Dr Mohammed Goje, Executive Secretary, Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), made this known while flagging-off the distribution in Jajere in Fune Local Government on Sunday.
Goje said the support was part of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Yobe State Government Early Recovery Project.
Goje said the 500 beneficiaries were identified by Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) through community based selection.
He said they were also trained by the ADP on use of the chemicals for effective output.
He added that the beneficiaries included 400 male farmers and 100 female farmers.
According him, each of the beneficiaries went home with knapsack, sprayer, liquid fertiliser, herbicide, bean seeds, sorghum seeds, hand gloves and facemasks.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Malam Adamu Muhammed, applauded the state government for identifying Jajere among the benefiting communities.
He also prayed for sustainable peace and a bumper harvest in the state and country at large.