The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) says it has trained 300 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on best agronomic practices on crop value chain to boost agricultural livelihood and food security.
NANTS President, Mr Ken Ukaoha, said this in Abuja at its Post-Harvest training on the Best Agronomic Practices for Maize and Groundnut Farming value chain for IDPs beneficiaries.
The agronomic training, which targeted IDPs beneficiaries in Durumi and Kuje is part of NANTS Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) and humanitarian project.
“NANTS engaged in procurement of inputs and tools, pre-season training on land preparation, soil observation, identification of making farming business, investing in farming, the importance of new technology in farming and agribusiness.
“There was public launching and distribution of inputs such as improved seeds of maize and groundnut, chemicals (herbicide and pesticide), fertilisers, knapsack sprayers and farm implements,’’ the Trade and Economic Development Law Advocate said.
Carles Borell, the Coordinator General of AECID said that the Spanish government was deeply concerned about the challenges being faced by the IDPs in Nigeria, adding that it would continue to partner with NANTS to improve their living.
Commending NANTS on its intervention, he called for more scale-up intervention programmes to cater for the IDPs.
Pastor Jacob Ndirmbula, the Sectary of Chibok Committee, Pegi Community, Kuje expressed gratitude on the intervention by NANTS and others since they found themselves in the community.
He pleaded that government should tackle some of their challenges which included lack of farmlands, provision of fertilisers and chemical, adding that these would make their lives easy and successful.