North East: FAO shares inputs to farmers
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says it has distributed seeds and fertilizer to about 100,000 households in the North-East during the ongoing wet season programme.
The FAO’s Communication and Reporting Officer Maiduguri, Mrs. Patrina Pink, revealed this in an interview with journalists in Abuja.
Pink expressed confidence that this would boost crop, livestock production as well as increase access to new farming lands in the area.
She stressed that returnees, host communities and internally displaced people (IDPs) needed immediate succor to resume their livelihoods and 80 percent of which was calculated to be agriculture-based.
“However, access to land still remains a key issue as numerous communities are restricted to only small parcels of land for production and cannot use traditional growing and grazing areas due to lingering security risks,” she said.
“In north-eastern Nigeria, farmers often rely on sharecropping (planting on land belonging to others in exchange for a portion of harvests) or rent less than one hectare of land for subsistence agriculture,’’ she added
The communication officer urged donor partners to support the organization with more funds to meet the needs of agro-based households in the North-East.