The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has distributed farm inputs and implements to 247 farmers in Kaduna State.
This is contained in a statement issued by Malam Dahiru Abdullah, Information Officer of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Kaduna.
“Farmers in the state were chosen for engaging in the best agricultural practices, in line with Global standards that ensures improved livelihood of farmers.
“Dr Hadiza Balarabe, led the farmers to receive the items on behalf of Gov. Nasiru Ahmad El –Rufai and the state government expressed gratitude to FAO pledging to partner with the agency to transform the sector.
“The FAO has assisted farmers in the state for more than a decade.
“The government will continue to partner with the organization to transform the Agricultural sector into Agri-business moving away from subsistence farming,” the statement said.
Amb. Sufiyan Koroma who represented FAO, while presenting the donation, said the Agency had been supporting Nigeria since 1978 for food sufficiency in the country.
Koroma said FAO would continue to commit more resources to improve agriculture in the state to ensure food sufficiency and growth of agriculture businesses.
He encouraged the benefiting farmers to use the items to improve their livelihood and that of their families to reduce poverty.
Mallam Sabi’u Ismaila, General Manager, Kaduna State Agricultural Development Agency, said the 247 farmers who benefitted from the FAO gesture were drawn from Jere in Kagarko Local Government of the state.
Ismaila said the farmers were trained on Agriculture Production, Processing and Marketing with emphasis on Tomatoes.
Inputs and Implements distributed to the farmers included; Improved Seeds, Agrochemicals, Water Pumps, Wheel-barrows, Watering-cans, Rakes, Plastic- Crates, and Pesticides to reduce the impact of insects on crops.