About Famers from four Local Government Areas Affected by insurgency namely, Michika, Maiha, Mubi- North and Mubi-South, have been trained and empowered by the American University of Nigeria in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Between July 2 and 5, AUN facilitated the distribution of hybrid seed crops with fertilizer to 3,000 farmers in eight communities in Mubi South and Mubi North Local Government Areas of Adamawa State.
The beneficiaries each received a 10 kg bag of maize, 10 kg bag of cowpea and a 25kg bag of fertilizer. The farm inputs were part of the 2018 rainy season intervention program organized by the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) to cushion the destructive effects of Boko Haram on communities and livelihoods.
This was disclosed by the Project Director, Abubakar Mu’azu, at the graduation ceremony of the AUN/UNHCR Agriculture Livelihood project, which has empowered farmers with inputs.
According to Mu’azi, the beneficiaries who have been trained on bio-dynamic, compost making, mulching, processing and storage of produce were empowered with farm kits and seedlings.
He further noted that 49 agricultural base cooperatives were also formed.
Also speaking, the Director, Grants and Projects, Dr. Audu Liman, said the cooperatives were formed to encourage unity and cooperation among farmers.
“Once you get your starter kits, whatever you produce as a cooperative is for your own use and any cooperative that performs well would benefit more the next time we come,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT
A beneficiary of the project, Dong Williams, in appreciation celebrated the initiative saying that:
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“They came with different and well improved system of farming; we were taught the disadvantages of using chemicals on our farmlands. The idea alone and experiences we got from AUN staffs are worth appreciating and for the first time in my life, I received free fertilizer,’’ he stated