The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Thursday in Bogo town of Gombe distributed farm inputs to cotton farmers in the state for the 2019 farming season.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that inputs were given to the farmers under the Anchor Borrowers Programme of the bank, with beneficiaries drawn from Balanga, Akko, Billiri, Gombe, Nafada, Kwami and Yamaltu-Deba Local Government Areas of the state, where cotton is cultivated in commercial quantities.
Shehu Goringo, Branch Controller (CBN) Gombe State, said the programme, which is the idea of the Federal Government, was to create economic linkage between smallholder farmers and reputable large-scale processors to increase agricultural output.
Goringo stressed that the effort of government was to ensure steady diversification of the economy from oil to agriculture, adding that the strength of the nation lied in the agriculture sector.
He urged the farmers to make good use of the inputs to enable them repay the loans to sustain the programme.
Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, who spoke through his deputy, Dr Manassah Jatau, thanked the apex bank for supporting cotton farmers in the state.
Yahaya appealed to the bank to review the 9 per cent interest rate to encourage more farmers to take up loans.
The governor stressed that his administration would focus on farming, with a view to returning the state to the good days when agriculture sustained the economy of the nation, adding that his administration was passionate about farming.
Earlier, the chairman of cotton farmers association in the state, Alh. Jauro Bappi, who was represented by Alh. Sadiq Addo, lauded the Federal Government for supporting cotton farmers in the state.
He assured the CBN that there would be strict monitoring of members to ensure repayment of the loan loans.
In his remarks, the Emir of Gombe, Alh. Abubabar Shehu-Abubakar III, who was represented by Alh. Inuwa Mohammed, thanked the government for such initiative.
The Emir appealed to farmers to be judicious in using the inputs, adding that they should be mindful of the fact that the gesture was not a ‘gift’ but must be repaid.
NAN also reports that pesticides, seven bags of fertiliser, pump sprayers and cotton seeds were presented to each farmer by the deputy governor as part inputs for the 2019 wet season farming in the state.https://nnn.ng/wet-season-farming-cbn-distributes-farm-inputs-to-cotton-farmers-in-gombe/
Insurgency victims to receive agric inputs from Victim Support Fund
The Victim Support Fund (VSF) has begun distribution of agricultural inputs to farmers affected by Boko Haram insurgency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
VSF Executive Director Sunday Ochoche announced this via a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by VSF Programme Assistant (Communication) Munachi Okoro.
According to Ochoche, the intervention aims at administering appropriate support to victims of insurgency and facilitate the restoration of livelihood of the victims in the states.
He said that 3,000 households would receive agricultural inputs across the three most affected states of Borno Adamawa and Yobe.
The VSF agro-based intervention provides agricultural inputs which include water pumps, improved varieties of seeds, fertiliser, pesticides and sprayers.
The dry-season farming programme will improve household nutrition and also engender financial independence for victims who have returned to their communities.
VSF continues to work to restore hope to victims of insurgency through promoting education for children through the provision of learning materials, introduction of foster care programmes for orphaned children.
“It also provides psycho-social support for women and children, economic empowerment for women, strengthening health systems to cater for the medical needs of victims, reconstruction of public buildings and peace building advocacy,” he said.
Edited by: Emmanuel Nwoye/Kayode Olaitan
Jigawa women farmers solicit farm inputs, gender-friendly equipment
The Jigawa State Chapter of Smallholder Women Farmers in Nigeria (SWOFON), on Wednesday solicited for farm inputs and gender friendly equipment from government.
Hajiya Hadiza Abdulwahab, SWOFON State Coordinator, who presented a list of the requests to the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, described it as a progressive step for communities where farming was their main occupation.
Abdulwahab said the provision of gender friendly equipment according to the needs and strength of women would go a long way to relieve women of fatigue.
The Coordinator solicited for 67, 915 bags of fertiliser, 10, 000 bags of rice seed, 3, 583 bags of maize seed, 2, 718 power tillers and 2, 718 hand planters.
She said the move had become imperative because the backbone of any agricultural revolution was farmers’ access to modern agricultural inputs.
The Coordinator noted that the gesture would directly improve the output of small-scale women farmers in the state and would also make them more productive, as well as ensure increased income for them.
She added that in the long run, there would be an improvement in the livelihoods of the women farmers, as they would be able to provide for themselves, their families and communities.
Abdulwahab said women were determined to end hunger; and it was a known fact that if women had equal access to productive resources, they would increase their yields and feed more hungry people.
According to her, though women make up to half of the agricultural labour force, barriers to credit, inputs and extension services, as well as land ownership and rights, limit their production.
“It is certain that women are more likely to reinvest their income into their families to improve education, nutrition and health; when women flourish, families and communities do too.
Abdulwahab disclosed that the move was an ongoing exercise in five selected states across the country and the FCT, where the priority demands of 500, 000 smallholder women farmers would be submitted.
“The five states are Jigawa, Niger, Nassarawa, Anambra and Oyo.
“Currently, we have over 500,000 rural farmers working in different communities across the 36 states of the federation,’’ she said.
The Nigeria News Agency , reports that SWOFON is a coalition of women farmers associations and groups across Nigeria with the goal of advocating for and supporting women farmers, especially those in rural areas.
Edited by Hawa lawal/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)https://nnn.ng/jigawa-women-farmers-solicit-farm-inputs-gender-friendly-equipment/
AFEX supports over 100,000 farmers with inputs
A Non Governmental Organisation, AFEX, said it has supported over 100, 000 farmers with various farming inputs across 600 communities in the country.
The Country Drector AFEX, Mr Ayodeji Balogun said this on Thursday at Pampaida in Saulawa District, Ikara Local Government, Kaduna State, during a harvest party organized by the NGO for farmers.
Balogun said the organization is proud of what it has built in the last five years of its programme.
The director said the event was to meet the farmers and identify their challenges, so as to find solutions especially access to storage facilities and markets.
“In monetary terms, for the past five years, AFEX value of commodity exchange is over 40 million dollars and over 10 million dollars has been unlocked for financing farmers
“We are also working to unlock additional solutions with about N100 million dollars to demand side and the entire value chain from farm gate to factory gates.”
The Commercial Manager AFEX, Mr Iruansi Itoandon
said the Harvest party was aimed at celebrating the beginning of the harvest season with the farmers.
“They are our partners and friends, so we are recognizing their contributions in making the season a great one in the state,” he said.
Itoandon said AFEX would continue to support the farmers with financing and storage facilities.
He said the journey so far with the community has been exciting, adding that the responsiveness of farmers was quite impressive.
A farmer, Usman Shehu commended the organization for asisting them with enough inputs.
Edited by Maharazu Ahmedhttps://nnn.ng/afex-supports-over-100000-farmers-with-inputs/
Yam farmers in Benue apeeal for early distribution of fertilizer, other farm inputs
Yam farmers in Benue have appealed to the state government to ensure that subsidized fertilizer and other farm inputs are distributed early to farmers ahead of the planting season.
They made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Makurdi on Wednesday, saying that the measure would help to ensure bumper harvest.
One of the farmers, Mrs Apeidoo Yongo, regretted that the delay in making farm inputs available to farmers was affecting farm yields negatively.
Yongo said: “The government usually makes fertilizer available to us very late and this often leads to poor yields.
“Most times the inputs get to us around July and August. Even this year, the launch was done in July after cultivation had taken place.”
Also, Mrs Awuese Kwaghga, said that the ideal time to apply fertilizer to crops was around April and June latest. Any date after that, will be late.
“Even though we get the product late, we still apply it to our farms because it is better to apply it even if it is late than not applying at all,” Kwaghga said.
Mr Wilfred Adigo said that in spite of the late application of the product to their farms, they were still anticipating bumper harvest.
“Giving the grades and quality of yams that I see in the markets, it means during the harvest time, we will surely reap bountifully,” he said.
(Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Sam Oditah)