The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has revealed that a total number of 247 tonnes of crop seeds was distributed to households across North-Eastern Nigeria to enhance food security and nutrition during the 2018/19 dry farming season.
The information, contained in a recent publication that emanated from the international body, says the FAO’s action was born out of the need to improve the standard of living in the crisis-affected households in the region.
According to the report, 247 tonnes of crop seeds (maize and rice) and 429 tonnes of nutritious vegetable seed (amaranth, cabbage, carrot, okra, onion and tomato) was distributed to 78,000 households in the region.
Distribution took place between November and December 2018, and farmers began to harvest their produce as early as February 2019.
Due to the scanty water supply during the dry season, FAO selected areas with adequate water supply for its dry season intervention. The intervention plan will favour the farmers and their households greatly in the market pricing in 2019.
According to the publication, a total of 198, 099 tonnes of vegetables, 825 tonnes of Maize and 9,402 tonnes of rice was produced from the distributed inputs. FAO’s 2018/19 dry season activities were supported by the European Union, Governments of France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States of America.
SOURCE: Agro Nigeria June 10 2019 www.agronigeria.com.ng