The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization in Maiduguri, Borno State northeast Nigeria officially flagged off the distribution of assorted seeds and fertiliser to 149,730 farming households peopled by about a million male and female farmers.
Cropping season commences in full in most parts of Borno and Yobe states in June when farmers begin to mobilize to their farmlands.
Until last year, most farmlands, especially in Borno were abandoned due to the occupation of Boko Haram who had displaced millions of people from their homelands. At least 70 per cent of the displaced people are farmers, according to the FAO officials.
Sufyan Koroma, who is the country representative for FAO in Nigeria, said the farmers were selected considering their access to safe lands in their respective localities, ability to farm in the season and the scale of their vulnerability.
The Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, who performed the flag-off at the Farm Centre Maiduguri, commended the FAO being one of the key UN agencies that has been assisting the people of North-east Nigeria