By Murtala Muhammad
About five thousand, four hundred Small Holder Farmers are to benefit from a five-year African Union Development Agency and New Partnership for African Development, AUDA-NEPAD Project in Bauchi state.
The Director General of Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs Bauchi State Office, Dr. Esther Ahmed made this known at a meeting with all Desk Officers from the twenty local government areas of the state.
The project, scheduled to commence implementation in May this year, is tagged Innovation Strengthening of Small Holder Farmers Capabilities, towards Productive Land Restoration amid Covid-19 in Nigeria.
It is aimed at cushioning the impact of Covid-19 and Climate Change in the twenty two states selected to benefit.
Dr. Esther Ahmed explained that fifty percent of the beneficiaries would be men, mostly youth and forty percent women, while ten percent would be Persons With Disabilities, PWDs.
She said nine local government areas were selected for Cluster farming taking into cognisance the availability and accessibility of land to include Alkaleri, Tafawa Balewa, Toro, Misau, Dambam, Warji, Gamawa, Jama’are and Itas Gadau from the Bauchi South, Central and Northern Senatorial Districts respectively.
The Director General also explained that the project would provide about sixty Green Houses across the twenty local government areas of the state with each of them having at least two, for women and PWDs to participate so as to ensure social inclusion.
Dr. Esther Ahmed said Governor Bala Mohammed had among other Governors of the to be benefitting states exhibited high sense of commitment by signing the two billion naira counterpart fund, which paves way for the state to access four billion naira throughout the years of project implementation.
She pledged to do all within her powers to ensure equity in the process of selecting the beneficiaries.
The twenty SDGs Desk Officers assured readiness to work towards successful implementation of the AUDA-NEPAD project in the state.