FADAMA lll: Yobe Border Communities Experiment Rice Farming
Beneficiaries of Fadama lll World Bank support project in Yobe have engaged in experimental rice cultivation in desert-encroached communities on the Nigeria/Niger borders.
The benefitting farmers disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Mazagun village, in Yunusari Local Government Area.
Abba Mohammed, a 60-year-old farmer, said he had been a millet farmer but engaged in rice farming this year with support from Fadama lll.
“The Fadama lll project supported us with water pump machines and accessories, seeds, sprayers, herbicides and fertiliser to cultivate the farms.
“Initially, we were made to believe that our soil was not conducive for rice cultivation, but our experiment with support from Fadama lll is yielding positive results,” Mohammed said.
Lawan Musa, another beneficiary of the Programme, said he was cultivating rice for the first time, saying,”my future plan is to engage in irrigation farming too.”
Alhaji Musa Garba, Yobe State Project Coordinator of Fadama lll, said the beneficiaries were supported with irrigation facilities under the World Bank programme on North-East security and livelihood project.
Garba said 40 households in Mazagun village were supported by the project, out of which 19 received irrigation materials, 18 others received livestock support, while three households were provided with support on fisheries.
“The beneficiaries of irrigation were provided with water pump machines; seeds; fertilizer; sprayers and herbicides, among others, while the livestock beneficiaries were provided with one he goat and four she goats, or three sheep and two rams.
“Those engaged in fisheries were supported with fingerlings, plastic containers, feeds and drugs” he said.
According to the coordinator, the project is aimed at providing the people with sustainable means of livelihood to facilitate economic rehabilitation. (NAN)