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  • Updated: May 18, 2024

FG gives agric inputs to 90 small-holder farmers in Ebonyi

FG gives agric inputs to 90 small-holder farmers in Ebonyi

The Federal Government has disbursed various agricultural inputs to 90 farmers in Ebonyi State as part of the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy, NPRGS,. 

Also, it conducted training sessions for 30 beneficiaries engaged in poultry production, focusing on modern poultry farming techniques. 

Temitope Fashedemi, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security inaugurated the program in Abakaliki on Friday. 

He emphasized the commitment of President Bola Tinubu's administration to achieving food sufficiency and ensuring food security for Nigerians. 

Representing the permanent secretary, Amaka Unyanwa, a principal agricultural officer at the Ebonyi office of the ministry, highlighted that the training aimed to equip beneficiaries with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively utilize the agricultural inputs provided.

According to him, 60 crop farmers drawn from three clusters from the three senatorial districts of the state and 30 poultry farmers were profiled to benefit from the empowerment.

According to News Agency of Nigeria, he said that NPRGS was a scheme initiated by the federal government to increase food productivity and was being implemented by the ministry of budget and national planning in collaboration with FMAFS through the federal department of agricultural extension.

“The programme started in 2021 and it is a strategy that the federal government wanted to use to reduce poverty and food insecurity in the country.

“The government wanted to start with small-holder farmers based on the fact that small-holder farmers are the backbone in the country’s agricultural sector.

“The programme is designed to run for 10 years from 2021 to 2031 and the federal government intends to introduce policies and programmes that will reduce the poverty gap within the period of the programme,” Mr Fashedemi said.

He explained that the first phase of the programme was held in February where farmers were duly identified, verified and validated by the Ebonyi Agricultural Development Programme, EBADP,. 

The permanent secretary noted that the second phase of the exercise involved the training of poultry farmers and equipping them with 25 day-old chicks and poultry feeds.

“The training is for 30 poultry farmers drawn 10 each from the three senatorial districts; the 60 crop farmers are drawn from three clusters obtained from the three senatorial zones and 20 farmers from each cluster were chosen.

“The crop farmers will be empowered as a cluster; they will be given one power-tiller per cluster, they will be given 25 knapsack sprayers per cluster , four cartons of liquid fertiliser per cluster and also four cartons of herbicide per cluster.

“We chose 20 beneficiaries from each senatorial zone of a state and each zone constitutes a cluster,” the perm sec added.

Mr Fadeshemi advised beneficiaries to utilise the inputs and warned against diversion or sale of the farm inputs.

Earlier, Dr William Obazi, state coordinator, FMAFS in Ebonyi said that stakeholders in the agricultural sector in Ebonyi were involved in the selection of the farmers to ensure that only real farmers were chosen.

He said that the programme had assisted in enhancing food availability and reduction of food insecurity in the state and extolled the President for his timely intervention in the agric sector.

“The Ebonyi Agricultural Development Programme through their extension officers monitors beneficiaries even to their farms to assess their performances and as well as ensure that farmers utilised inputs they received,” Obazi said.

Two of the beneficiaries, Nkechiyere Okorie and Paul Nwiboko who spoke to newsmen in separate interviews appreciated

the federal government and noted that the inputs would go a long way in boosting their crop yields and productivity this farming season. 

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