4,150 dis­placed farm­ers get seeds in Adamawa

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Chidimma C.Okeke

As part of the hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief ser­vices to sup­port the In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) in the North-east, USAID in part­ner­ship with Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Nige­ria (AUN)-API has se­lected 4,150 farm­ers across four lo­cal gov­ern­ments in Adamawa State to ben­e­fit from their food se­cu­rity ini­tia­tives.

The farm­ers, who are in­di­genes of Gombi, Fu­fore, Michika and Mada­gali re­ceived bags of seeds and food to aid their re­cov­ery from the de­struc­tion of their com­mu­ni­ties and liveli­hoods by in­sur­gency.

Each farmer got 10kg of maize, 10kg of cow­pea and 5kg of sorghum for plant­ing, and in or­der not to con­vert the seeds for con­sump­tion, the farm­ers were given ad­di­tional 20kg bags of maize, 10kg bags of beans and a to­ken for transportation back to their des­ti­na­tions, a state­ment from the AUN said.

The seeds, which were supplied by USAID, are said to be high yield­ing and re­quire min­i­mal fer­til­izer. About 50,000 house­holds were said to have ben­e­fited from the ex­er­cise.

The co­or­di­na­tor of AUN-API Hu­man­i­tar­ian Re­lief, Bello Ab­dul­lahi, who ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the turnout of IDPs farm­ers and their or­derly con­duct, said USAID pre­ferred AUN-API to han­dle the dis­tri­bu­tion on its be­half be­cause the or­gan­i­sa­tion en­joyed grass­roots sup­port and the trust of lo­cal farm­ers.

AUN, he said, had a found­ing man­date to ‘light a can­dle rather than cause the dark­ness’, adding that it worked in and with the com­mu­nity to find so­lu­tions to chal­lenges faced by its peo­ple.

How­ever, some of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries, who spoke on the ini­tia­tives, said it was a re­lief and a step towards mo­ti­vat­ing them to get­ting back to their liveli­hoods.

Aisha Malafa, a farmer from Guyaku District, Gombi Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, who nar­rated their or­deal in the hands of Boko Haram and how they lost their rel­a­tives, home and farms, said it had not been easy for them since they re­turned.

Malafa said: “What these or­gan­i­sa­tions are do­ing will help us. We will be able to plant our seeds and grow some­thing.”

She, how­ever, called on more wellmean­ing Nige­ri­ans and or­gan­i­sa­tions to come to their aid, say­ing they need more of such as­sis­tance.

An­other ben­e­fi­ciary, Pas­tor Mark Nuhu, also from Gombi, said life had been dif­fi­cult since his house was burnt and he was un­able to re­build it due to lack of money.

Nuhu said the seeds he re­ceived from the or­gan­i­sa­tion, it would help him to get back on track.

“I will get pro­duce and by the end of the day, I will have some­thing to live on. This is a sign of hope. I pray that God will in­crease them as they are in­creas­ing us,” he said.

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