Over 6600 small-holder farmers in the State of Nasarawa will get benefited from a ten-year agricultural project.
The Special Adviser to Governor Abdullahi Sule on NGOs and Development Partners, Munirat Abdullahi, said this on Tuesday, 28 June, in the first phase validation exercise and awareness campaign conducted in Lafia, Doma and Akwanga Local Government Areas.
The project was in partnership with African Union Development Agency (AUDA), Federal and State Governments and the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD).
The project aimed at ‘Towards Achieving the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ of the UN in the 13 Local Government Areas of the state had Doma, Lafia and Akwanga as pilot local government regions.
The project further strives at Innovative Strengthening of Small Holder Farmers Capabilities to Productive Land Restoration amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in the nation.
As per the Special Adviser, the project is aimed at solving African issues by Africans.
Abdullahi, who highlighted that 18,000 hectares of land had been reserved for the project, equally expresses other advantages of the project.
She further added that for dry seasoning farming, we are looking to provide boreholes. For climate-safe and sustainable farming, we are looking at utilizing solar panels, and the provision of rural roads some of the project goals are poverty easing, we will provide them with farming inputs.”
Naphtali Jarumi Dachor, ex-Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Walter Resources, highlights the requirement for farmers to be obedient during the procedure, stating that the project aims at boosting rice, maize and sesame seed production.
On his part, Joshua Jonathan, the National President of the Association of Small Scale Agro Producers in Nigeria (ASSAP), praised the Special Advisor to the Governor for having farmers at heart, stating they will take benefit of the project to improve their activities.
In a remark, Alanana Emmanuel, Programme Manager of Nasarawa Agricultural Development Programme (NADP), represented by Director of Extension Services Grace Joseph Edeh, authorized farmers to double their actions to assure the success of the project.
The representatives of farmers from Doma, Lafia and Akwanga, Local Government Areas in other youths and women groups vowed to put in their best to assure success as they applauded the Special Adviser for working to change the narrative in the agricultural sector.