NGO Trains Badagry Women Farmers On Climate-Resilience, Adaptability
The International Centre for Environmental Health and Development (ICEHD) has trained some Badagry women farmers on Climate-Resilience and adaptability.
The Programme Officer, ICEHD, a Non-Governmental Organisation, Miss Mercy Joshua, said the training was to help strengthen their capacity to be resilient and learn strategies to face climate challenge.
The training, which was held in Ajara, Badagry, was tagged; “Badagry Women Farmers Empowerment Project”.
She said many women in Nigeria remained economically excluded, exploited and marginalised due to varied socioeconomic factors and cultural barriers.
“For women farmers particularly those in rural communities, this situation is worsened by the adverse impact of climate change.
“Small scale women farmers’ loose opportunities, markets, and profits as climate change hits Nigeria.
“This will enable them achieve economic justice and the capacity to project their voices against exploitation and marginalization”, she said.
Joshua stated that working with the Agricultural Department of Badagry Local Government, over 100 women farmers in Badagry had been trained in different practical ways to become resilient in their farming operations.
The Country Manager, Rose of Sharon Foundation, Dr Ndudi Bowei, said her NGO was collaborating with ICEHD to train women farmers in Badagry.
According to her, the training is very significant to women farmers because everyone knows that climate change comes with a lot of problems.
“The importance of the training is that the farmers will learn how to be resilient to the problem of climate change and how to adapt to issues relating to it.
“At the end of the training, it will improve the farming activities, quality of work they do, their harvests and lastly their incomes”, she said.
One of the farmers from Apa town, Mrs Hannah Godonu, said they had benefited immensely from the training programme.
According to her, fertilizers and other farm tools given to us on February have improved our farms.
“We are really grateful for their support toward the development of women farmers in Badagry”, she said.
Reports said ICEHD was established in 2004 for the promotion of the rights to health, development and empowering of women and girls by improving access to socioeconomic opportunities, reproductive health services and viable livelihoods.
Lagos Begins Four-Week Free Anti-Rabies Vaccination Campaign
The Lagos State Government has flagged off free anti-rabies vacination campaign and urged animal owners to keep their pets under strict control to avoid constituting nuisance or danger in the environment.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, gave the advice at the flag-off ceremony of the 2023 free mass anti-rabies campaign at Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area, midweek, in Lagos.
Olusanya said the state government would hold a four-week free anti-rabies vaccination for all pet owners.
Olusanya, who was represented by Mrs Olatokunbo Emokpae, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said vaccination certificates would be issued to pet owners after the exercise.
Orgainsed by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development under Regeional Diesaes Survellance Systems Enhancement, the theme of the campaign is “Rabies: One Health, Zero Deaths”.
She urged the public to take advantage of this window of free vaccination programme being carried out simultaneously at the state government veterinary hospitals and clinics in all the divisions of the state to vaccinate their pets.
According to her, this is the third consecutive year of carrying out this laudable programme aimed at achieving the Global Strategy Plan for the elimination of dog-mediated human rabies death by the year 2030.
“The Lagos State Government being piloted under the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu leaves no one in doubt that we are at the forefront of the global target of eradicating rabies in the 21st century.
“This is so, especially with the bill which regulates ownership, licensing, sales of pets as well as prohibiting and restricting people from having in custody dangerous animals in public places.
“Our goal, once again, is to achieve the global strategy plan on elimination of dogs mediated human rabies death by 2030.
“I am again using this mass campaign programme to urge all animal owners to be deliberate and intentional in keeping all their pets and animals under strict control so that they do not constitute any nuisance or danger to others in the environment”, she said.
The State Coordinator, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Oko-Oba, Mrs Olayinka Akeredolu, said the programne was orgainsed in collaboration with the department of Veterinary Services in Lagos Ministry of Agriculture.
Akeredolu urged participants at the programme to propagate that all dogs should be vaccinated against rabies.
She urged youths in the state not to play with animals they are not familiar with adding they may be unvaccinated and rabies carrier.
“If you see any stray dog in your community, please, report it to the relevant authority, we don’t want our people to die of needless death”, she stated.
Bauchi Launches 2023 Farming Season, Cautions On NIMET Predictions
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has flagged off the 2023 farming season in Aziare, Katagum Local Government Area of the state.
Noting that his administration has diversified the economic sector of the state to ensure food security, Mohammed assured that the agricultural sector would continue to receive priority.
“I want to draw the attention of our farmers to this year’s farming seasonal rainfall prediction (SRP) by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET)”, he stated.
NIMET had predicted that for most parts of the country, planting season would start towards the end of May 2023.
Warning that there may be flooding in some parts of the country, the Governor urged farmers to make good use of the NIMET prediction and avoid planting in areas that are prone to flooding.
Mohammed lamented the influx of armyworms which was recorded in some parts of the state at the beginning of last year’s farming season.
He said the development resulted in the destruction of crops and many farms.
The governor also said concerted efforts have been made by the State Government to control the invasion through a rapid spray.
“In order to avoid the recurrence of the incident this year, the Ministry of Agriculture has been directed to immediately make requirements and other measures to control the army worms menace immediately”, he said.
He directed that fertilizer be sold directly to farmers to guard against shylock marketers, adding that adequate fertilizer and other farming implements had been made available to meet the growing demands of farmers across the state.
Mohammed announced that the Bauchi Fertilizer Blending Company blended 200 trucks of NPK 20-10-10 fertilizer.
The Governor also said NPK fertilizer is to be sold to farmers at N15,000 against the production cost of N17,800.
In his welcome address, Commissioner for Agriculture, Barrister Jidauna Tula Mbami, appealed to farmers to adhere to the prediction of (NIMET) of low rainfall in parts of the country.
On his part, the Chairman, All Farmers Association, Alhaji Yusuf Gambo, commended the State Government for subsidizing the amount of fertilizer and other farming inputs.
He said the gesture would go a long way in encouraging large-scale farming across the state.
IFAD Backs N’Delta Smallholder Farmers With $60m
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has contributed $60million for the implementation of the jointly-funded Federal Government Livelihood Empowerment Family Enterprise Project in the Niger Delta.
The six-year project supported by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has reached about 14,500 smallholder farmers across Delta, Edo, Abia, Cross River, Bayelsa and Ondo states within three years of implementation.
The Country Director, IFAD Nigeria, Dede Ekoue, while speaking at the official launch of the mid-term review mission of the project in Abuja, Wednesday, said IFAD has contributed $60 million out of the total project cost of $97.8 million.
According to her, NDDC is to contribute $30 million while federal and state governments would contribute $0.57 million and $4.88 respectively, saying, unfortunately, the NDDC is yet to contribute its quota to kick-start the project in Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo.
She said the project has made significant progress, including reaching about 14,155 smallholder farmers as against the targeted 25,500 farmers. That puts the progress at 55.5 per cent
She further said the project has engaged 792 mature businesses to create and coach 6,035 new enterprises, generating gainful employment for women and youths.
Ekoue added: “To boost the achievement of a nutritional goal, a total of 2,500 community women and youths have been trained on the use and cultivation of bio-fortified planting materials – Provitamin A cassava, brown rice, fruits, orange-fleshed sweet potato and vegetable homestead establishment in over 35 schools and 150 incubation centres to improve nutrition and income generation.
The Director, Project Coordinating Unit in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Musa Bujar, commended IFAD on the implementation of the project in six oil-producing states, urging them to also accommodate the remaining states.
He assured of the ministry’s commitment to ensuring full implementation of the project.