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Flour Millers of Nigeria vow to support wheat Farmers on the plateau

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Flour Millers of Nigeria vow to support wheat Farmers on the plateau

By: Bodunrin Kayode

With the lingering nature of the Ukraine war, flour Millers Association of Nigeria have concluded arrangements to support wheat Farmers in Plateau State.

This was disclosed by the representative of the Association, Dara David Choji during a meeting held with officials of All Farmers Association of Nigeria and some selected Farmers at Chigwi in Vom District of Jos South Council area recently.

Dara Choji explained that the Association will provide water irrigation pumps,demonstration farms, seeds and sponsorship of technical support aimed at improving yield during the cropping season.

Dara added that over 10,000 hectres of land, located at Chigwi in Vom has been acquired by the Association to engage forty farmers for the first phase of the project.

He pointed out that individual wheat Farmers will also be encouraged through a written Mamorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Association for the purchase of their products at a profitable rate by the end of the cropping season and urged those concern to register with All farmers Association of Nigeria which is the umbrella of all Commodity Farmers so that they can easily be reached when the need arises.

Delivering a vote of thanks, the representative of Da Pam Bot, Secretary of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Plateau state Chapter, Wukaska Gowan
appreciated Da Choji for his doggedness and sincerity that singled him out for appointment by Flour Millers as the State Coordinator of the project.

He said Plateau is rated among the best five States in Wheat production and assured that Farmers will be mobilize to participate in the project.

Responding, a prominent Wheat Farmer in the Northern Senatorial Zone of the State, Donald Pwajok said that he was optimistic that the program will lead to improving food security, job creation and encouraging of other crop growers who wish to emulate the process.

Meantime, interested Wheat Farmers are expected to contact the leadership of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria in the State or call 08022465672 for further directives.

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USAID Has Facilitated $205 million Debt and Equity Investment for Nigerian Agribusinesses

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USAID Has Facilitated $205 million Debt and Equity Investment for Nigerian Agribusinesses

By: Michael Mike

Over the past five years, USAID has promoted private sector-led economic growth in Nigeria by facilitating $205 million in debt and equity investments for Nigerian agribusinesses.

This was revealed on Wednesday when the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (“Trade Hub”), hosted a workshop on “Leveraging Private Sector Engagement to Promote Sustainable Impact.”

The two-day event highlights the Trade Hub’s efforts to expand trade and investment opportunities and improve livelihoods and communities in West Africa.

A statement from USAID, noted that Nigeria is the largest economy and market in Africa and has a vast untapped pool of labour, creating great potential for economic growth.

It added that the country has an opportunity to become a leading exporter and hub for the West Africa region and the broader continent.

It started that over the past five years, USAID has promoted private sector-led economic growth in Nigeria by facilitating $205 million in debt and equity investments for Nigerian agribusinesses. USAID has also provided partial risk guarantees that will support up to $120 million in loans to agricultural, health, and renewable energy businesses.

It stresses that, the Trade Hub improves private sector competitiveness with a focus on increasing the agricultural productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers.

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The programme has promoted Nigeria and West Africa’s regional and international trade. Using a market-based approach. The project also increases partnerships with firms in various sectors through a co-investment grant facility to improve private sector productivity, profitability, and competitiveness.

Since the Trade Hub was launched in 2019, the project has catalyzed 93 private- sector investments across 16 West African countries. In Nigeria, partners include fruit and cereal processing companies, agricultural input companies, financial advisers, investment firms, and anchor farms. The Trade Hub has awarded $82.6 million in co-investment grants to these companies, generating over $463 million in sales, and creating over 60,000 jobs.

Speaking at the event, USAID’s Acting Mission Director Sara Werth remarked: “Together, with our private sector partners and local and national governments throughout the region, we are so proud of the results we have achieved to date. As we continue to partner in the work necessary for sustainable economic growth, financial inclusion, and climate resilience, today’s learning event provides the environment to fuel continued collaboration and build new connections.”

During the event, private sector partners shared their successes in leveraging Trade Hub funds and direct partnerships with investment firms and other businesses to unlock new private investment. They also discussed the strategies implemented to grow their businesses while navigating challenges and crises such as COVID-19, insecurity, and inflation.
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USAID Gives 55,000 Farmers and Herders Access to Water in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe

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USAID Gives 55,000 Farmers and Herders Access to Water in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe

By: Our Reporter

The Feed the Future Water for Agriculture activity, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has increased access to water for almost 55,000 farmers and herders in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe States and resulted in over 1,600 farmers adopting improved agriculture production practices.

According to a statement by USAID on Tuesday, access to water and scarce water facilities have contributed to conflict between herders and farmers in the Northeast.

The statement read: “The four-year (2019 – 2023) Water for Agriculture activity, implemented by Catholic Relief Services and partners, helped reduce tensions between the two communities. Across the three states, Water for Agriculture constructed and rehabilitated 21 water facilities, including dams, irrigation schemes, boreholes, and water retention ponds.”

Speaking at the closeout event, USAID/Nigeria’s Director of Economic Growth and Environment Michelle Corzine said, “USAID recognizes the importance of water access for consumption and agricultural use. Through our Water for Agriculture activity, we have increased access to water for smallholder farmers and livestock herders and strengthened the governance and management of water resources.”

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Speaking on the benefits of the Feed the Future Water for Agriculture activity, Chairman of the Water Users Association in Zobi 2 Community, Borno State Usman Tella Mustapha said: “We walked long distances to fetch water and our livestock suffered during dry seasons. The construction of a new dam raised the water level so that the boreholes could pump water. Access to clean water within our community has saved us time, increased productivity, and enhanced our overall well-being.”

Agriculture and water are critical for sustainable development and prosperity. However, climate change negatively impacts agriculture and water availability. Since 2008, the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, has enabled globally nearly 60 million people to access safe drinking water and 45 million people to access sanitation.

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Palliative for fuel subsidy removal: Zulum rolls out 80 buses, pick up vans to commune farmers to/from farmers

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Palliative for fuel subsidy removal: Zulum rolls out 80 buses, pick up vans to commune farmers to/from farmers

By: Michael Mike

Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum on Tuesday released 80 buses and pick up vans to commune farmers free of charge from their communities to farmlands in the state.

The intervention is aimed at beating down the high cost of living caused by withdrawal of fuel subsidy.

According to a statement by the spokesman to the governor, Mallam Isa Gusau, the 80 means of transport will comprise 50 luxurious buses to be allocated from the fleet of the Borno Express Corporation, a state owned transport company, while the state 30 pick-up vans will be hired and provided by the state government.

Zulum was quoted to have said in the statement that: “We are here purposely to support the farmers, you can see thousands of them have gathered and their numbers can reach up to 100,000. Due to the removal of fuel subsidy which although has a long-term benefit, cost of transportation has increased. Therefore, Borno State Government has decided to provide 50 buses (and 30 pick-up vans) to convey farmers to their farmlands this rainy season.”

The governor while addressing thousands of farmers, urged them to cooperate with soldiers, policemen and officials of the other security agencies deployed to roads to protect citizens including farmers who go to outskirts to access their farmlands.

He said: “I want to urge you (farmers) to give maximum support and cooperation to the Nigerian Military. They (soldiers) are here to protect you.”

The governor expressed gratitude to the military for their sacrifices in protecting Borno’s people which is now enabling farming activities across the state.

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