Food security: FG empowers Only 250 smallholder farmers in Kaduna
Food Security: To increase food production, 250 smallholder farmers in Kaduna State have received farm inputs and training from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (FMAFS).
The ministry’s permanent secretary, Mr. Temitope Fadeshemi, announced this on Wednesday during the training and empowerment event in Kaduna.
The training was a component of the countrywide National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy.
Speaking on behalf of the Department of Extension Services Director, Bashir Abdulkadir, he stated that the initiative was a component of the government’s commitment to combating poverty at its source.
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According to Fadashemi, “Our government’s commitment to tackling poverty at its core is reflected in the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS), which emphasizes the critical role agriculture plays in economic growth and development.
“This program is not merely an investment in agriculture, but also in the future of our nation.
“We are laying out the foundation for a more stable and prosperous agricultural industry as we arm farmers with the tools to boost efficiency, improve adaptability, and embrace sustainable practices.”
He exhorted the farmers to seize the chance to create a future in which smallholder farmers actively contribute to the development of the country rather than merely receiving benefits from advancements.
The permanent secretary gave them instructions to learn whatever they could, develop their abilities, and use what they learned to improve their farms and communities.
The ministry’s State Coordinator, Dr. Timkat Nanfa expressed gratitude to the federal government for recognizing the state as one that should be included in the program’s beneficiaries.
He urged everyone present to make the most of their empowerment, claiming that inputs will help them in their farming activities and fight poverty.
175 bags of organic fertilizer, 175 sprayers, 65 bags of maize seed bags, and 71 bags of rice seeds were among the things he specified.
In addition, there were 1,000 chicken chicks, 40 bags of poultry feed, 50 bags of fish feed, and 14 tins each of tomato, pepper, and okra seeds. (NAN)