NGOs Organizes Dry Season Agric Input Fair 2023 In Potiskum.

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By Mala Abdulazeez

Feed the future, Nigerian Integrated Agricultural Activity (NIAA) in collaboration with International Institute Of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and International Crops Research Institute For Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has Organized “Dry Season Agric Input Fair” in Potiskum LGA, Yobe State, to help boost irrigation farming in the Northeastern parts of the country.

Senior Researcher and Technical Supervisor, Nigerian Intergrated Agricultural Activity and International Crops Research Institute For Semi-Arid Tropics, Mr. Joseph Abikoye said the purpose of the Seeds Fair was for farmers to buy quality seeds, fertilizers and other Agrochemicals from seed companies, Agro dealers and community based seed producers to get good and climate smart crops that mature very early as a result of change in climate.

Mr. Abikoye explained that the seeds fair, was mainly for Irrigation farmers in Potiskum, Nangere, Fika and other Local Government Areas Of the State.

According to him, Some of the Crops for the dry season farming include Millet, Sorghum, Cowpea and Rice.

Nutrition officer of the Implementing partners Blessing Edwin, said the aim of exhibiting the processed crops is to educate women on how to best combat malnutrition among pregnant women, lactating mothers and their children due to the rich micronutrients of the crops

Edwin called on pregnant and lactating mothers to be mindful of the food they consume and how they feed infant children to build a strong family

She explained that the NGOs have so far empowered over Four Hundred (400) women on food processing, which can also serve as a means of revenue generation and to become self reliant, through baking of bread, Peanut, Cake and drink.

In his remark, the State Certification Officer, National Agricultural Council of Nigeria, Inuwa Uba Said the seeds input fair is an avenue for farmers, seed producers and fertilizer companies to interact and develop a framework to move Agricultural activities forward, generate revenue and provide sufficient food for the state and the country at large

He called on Yobe state Government to declare state of emergency on agriculture, provide mechanized farming implements, educate and empower farmers on Irrigation farming which would create employment and food security.

In his contributions the Chairman Potiskum LGA Alh Salisu Muntari, represented by Head Of Agricultural Unit Potiskum LGA and also the Representatives of seeds company Alh. A.M Jajere, commended IIAA, ICRISAT, USAID, and other developmental partners in the agricultural sector, for their efforts towards empowering community based seed producers and farmers.

Jajere called on all farmers to consult professionals, whenever the need be, as to the kind of crops or seeds to plant in their various locations.

In their separate testimonies, beneficiaries of the programme from Lailai town, Mamudo, Dazigau, Gadaka, Gadana Kukar-Gado and Ngalda amongst others, said the varieties of seeds distributed by the NGOs are resistant to Pest, drought and are of early maturing.

The event which took place at Agriculture Development Programme ADP Office Potiskum, featured traditional dance from different tribes of Gizimawa, Karekare and Bolewa, showcased different varieties of crops which include Maize, Sorghum, Millet, Cowpea,Sweet Potato, Groundnut, Suya Beans, Rice, different brands of Agrochemicals and Fertilizers.

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