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June 1, 2020
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FAO to Help North East Farmers

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Country Representative in
Nigeria, Suffyan Koroma, has said farmers that received seed,
fertilizers and training had greater harvests than their peers in
2019.


This was disclosed in FAO’s 2019 rainy season yield assessment report
released yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.


Koroma in a statement Wednesday; said the increased yields are
expected to have remarkable impact on access to income from vegetable
sales.


“We believe this has led to increased nutrition for women and their
families,” he said.


He said the supported farmers over performed; in the rainy season to
enter this year; with more food security and nutritional added values
to their health.


On high yielding seeds, he said: “The 2019 rainy season beneficiary in
Gwoza LGA poses with okra, while a woman beneficiary; is drying on the
stalk to use as seed in 2020.


“An estimated 99, 400 supported households; have entered 2020 less
vulnerable, having cultivated and harvested staple crops,” stating
that maize, sorghum as well as vegetables, including amaranthus were
harvested last year.


Continued; “With the improved seed and NPK fertilizer distributed in
the northeast states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY), the majority of
supported households have generated an estimated six months’ worth of
food,” adding that this has resulted into greater self-sufficiency,
income generation and food security.


According to Koroma in the statement; “After accounting for an average
household size of seven, the FAO-supported beneficiaries were
approximately 682 000; with women-headed households constituting 35
percent of them.”


He explained that the support programme; had a significant impact on
IDP and non-IDP households alike.


He said the impact, has increased by 28, 49 and 23 per cent of
households, classified as returnee, host community and Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs) respectively.


Koroma attributed the impact to adaptable, drought and disease
resistant seeds were provided for cereals and vegetables.


He said to enrich the soil and yields, the organization also equipped
each household with a 25 kg bag of NPK fertilizer.


He added that coupled with extension support, enabled beneficiary
farms to yield more than other non-FAO supported farms using less
productive varieties and production systems.


He said this led to supported farmers to harvest an average of 22.66
tons, while non-FAO supported farmers produced an estimated 12.91 tons
of the same crops and under similar production conditions.

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