The Kogi State Project Coordinator of Agro Processing Productivity Enhancement and livelihood p Support Project, Doctor Sanni Uzomata, says plans have been concluded for the establishment of farm settlement to enhance sufficient food production.
Doctor Ozomata who stated this in an interview with newsmen in Lokoja said he recently met with Governor Yahaya Bello on the need to create integrated farm settlement assuring that land would be approved for the project.
He explained that those who had recently undergone training in both Ahmadu Bello University Kabba College of Agric and Beyero University Kano would be allowed to practised their agric business tin the farm settlement.
According to him, the project when completed would create one thousand rdirect beneficiaries as well as three thousand indirect beneficiaries.
The project coordinator said the initiative which is supported by the world bank is focusing on five thematic components including Productive Enhancement, Women and Youths Empowement among others.
Doctor Ozomata maintained that cassava, Cashew and rice farmers which represent the there value chain in the agric business have been supported so far.
On the loss occasioned by flood and draught, the project coordinator said farmers in the nearest future would be insured to cater for such loss.
Imo Govt. Reportedly Empowers Youths With Rabbits
As part of effort to create opportunity for teeming employed youths Governor Hope Uzodinma during a flag-off ceremony, empowered youths with rabbits.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony on Friday, November 27, the Governor said he is determined to engage the youths in productive ventures like agriculture that will guarantee employment.
“We have flagged-off the commencement of the empowerment of our youths through agriculture and the official handover of the Imo State office of the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) at Okigwe road Owerri as Imo is the pilot State and South East Zonal Head Office.”
“It is worthy of mention that the Federal Government, through NALDA, has empowered 250 beneficiaries from Imo State on rabbit farming as it flagged off the second phase of the NALDA empowerment scheme for young farmers in the area of rabbit breeding and rearing.
“The NALDA is saddled with the mandate of harnessing the full potentials of the vast arable lands in Nigeria for the purpose of empowering and supporting small holder farmers both on large scale and mechanized scales.
“I thank the Presidency for this initiative aimed at empowering our youths and growing the economy. I also thank the Executive Secretary of NALDA, Mr. Paul Ikonne for all the support.
“I have always maintained that the most effective way to ensure sustained socio-economic development in Nigeria and Imo State, in particular, is to engage youths in productive ventures that will guarantee their meaningful employment.
“This programme will guarantee food security, empower youths and reduce restiveness amongst other benefits and so engaging 774,000 youths across the nation would stimulate huge economic growth. These efforts will lead to food and fibre security and assist in diversifying the nation’s economy, improving household income and enhancing revenue mobilization and generation nationwide.
“The government has provided enabling environment for them, including being their primary off-takers, ready to purchase whatever they produce.
“To this end, I urge the beneficiaries to take the business seriously,” the governor said
YAN Food Donation Program: You Can’t Build A Country Without Feeding The Needy – YAN International Directorate, Helen Mukoro Says
The holidays, especially in December prove to be very challenging time for the homeless and YAN FOOD Program will help the youths in our communities during the holidays.
Feeding needy and homeless families is the first move in nation building and it is an important initiative because, part of YAN Diaspora Directorate agenda is to end generational poverty in Nigeria.
And the food and cash donation giveaway will help. For us, at YAN as an Assembly, it puts the giving back, peace, justice, equity and nation building action into the holiday season.
“YOU CAN’T BUILD A COUNTRY without FEEDING THE NEEDY.”
“YAN remains committed to our mission during the COVID-19 health pandemic and your support as YAN state and local government ambassador and speaker in your state is needed now more than ever, don’t abandon the needy when they need you most. We encourage you to go to your Churches, Mosques or religious centres, plead with the religious leaders or any NGO president, ask him or her to lend you their premises and they should also invite their members and communities to participate and to donate food and cash, beg them to announce the event during their religious services.”
“You can also invite local government political aspirants, political parties, women traditional groups and associations, philanthropist, etc, and ask them to participate in this event. Crime in our communities is high due to hunger and our work is important. Together we can keep this high rate downward if we could implement the Food donation trend going. We have designed a complete project on how to implement this program. All YAN Diaspora Directorate appointed officials in Nigeria are also directed to participate.”
FCTA Moves To Tackle Farmers/Herders Clashes, Flagged Off Distribution Of Supplementary Feeds
As part of efforts to address persistent conflicts between farmers and herders, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has flagged off the sensitisation campaign and the distribution of supplementary feeds to pastoralists and farmers in the four grazing reserves of the territory.
S.A Media To FCT Minister of State, in a statement signed and issue on Tuesday, said the minister performed the ceremony in Wasa district of FCT, adding that the move by the administration was aimed at promoting integration, peaceful co-existence as well as boost livestock production in the nation’s capital.
According to the statement, the Minister noted that the present administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, was determined to restore the lost glory of the agricultural sector, which had hitherto been abandoned by successive administration with the discovery and adoption of oil as the mainstay of the Nigerian economy.
“It is estimated that Nigeria’s population will continue to witness exponential rise and attendant growth in the demand for food. To ensure that any uncertainties related to food security are adequately addressed, the Federal Government of Nigeria made the establishment and development of grazing reserves a key aspect of its Agricultural Promotion Programmes (APP) for the Country, with the livestock subsector playing a prominent role.”
“The establishment and development of grazing reserves is therefore aimed at providing pastoralists and crop farmers with an integrated environment under which both can operate optimally, access their needs in a harmonious environment and eliminate issues that could result in conflicts. The overall objective is to promote peaceful coexistence towards harnessingthe huge potentials that exist in the livestock subsector,” Aliyu stressed.
The minister also affirmed that in pursuant to this objective, the FCT Administration has been implementing programmes towards creating the enabling environment for the two groups as well as other willing investors to operate and make positive impacts in enhancing food security and socio-economic well-being of the residents.
She however, used the occasion to Unveil some ongoing effort by FCT Administration which is focusing on investors and development partners on the establishment of value chain ventures in the livestock subsector so as to develop needed infrastructure, create more job opportunities, enhance incomes, and improve lives and livelihoods of communities within and around the FCT’s grazing reserves.
She said plans are underway, with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB), to establish a model Special Agro-industrial Processing Zone (SAPZ) on livestock production, in the FCT, stressing that the SAPZ would grant the administration the wherewithal to bring to an end the indiscriminate grazing of animals in the Federal Capital City.
Earlier in his remarks, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, said the FCT Administration has through its relevant agencies as well as other stakeholders been doing its best to bring the parties together to embrace peace especially in grazing reserves where much of the clashes occur.
The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Director in charge of Operations, Planning and Strategy in the office of the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Samuel Attang, noted that the dry season has been associated with increase in movement of pastiralists in search of feeds for their animals, adding that due to this movement, there might be likelihood of conflict between the two groups.
In his welcome address, the Acting Secretary of FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mr. Ibe Prospect, stressed the importance of livestock sector in the quest to attain food security, noting that if the sector was well harnessed, it has the capacity to generate jobs and income as well as provide the nutritional value that was required for healthy human development.
He, therefore, commended the FCT Minister of State for demonstrating dynamism in addressing the issue, adding that the incidences of violent conflicts between pastoralists and crop farmers has hindered efforts of government to fully harness the potential of the sector towards achieving the desired objectives.
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