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ICRC disburses N1.8 billion, distributes Agric Seeds to 24,000 vulnerable farmers in Borno



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ICRC disburses N1.International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has disbursed N55,000 each to 20,000 head of households to protect their seeds, with additional N20,000 to enable them buy agro-inputs, agro- chemicals and other needs such as land labour and clearing

The organization has also distributed improved varieties of agricultural seeds to 24,000 vulnerable farmers and heads of households, mostly victims of armed conflict, to enable them cultivate their farmlands 2022 cropping season.

This was disclosed in an interview with Journalists in Maiduguri by the Head of Agronomist, Economic and Security Department, ICRC Maiduguri, Alh. Mohammed Hussaini, after flagging off the exercise at Oil Mills Company premises Maiduguri.

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He said, the beneficiaries were drawn mostly from Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, MMC, Jere, Dikwa, Bama and Monguno Local Government Areas which have suffered devastating effects of Boko Haram in past decade.
Hussaini said, “8,000 farmers from MMC and Jere have benefitted.

While in Dikwa Local Government Area, a total of 5,000 households are to benefit from the gesture to ensure food security.

“In Dikwa, we have a total of 5,000 households, in Ngala, there are 2,000 households, in Bama we have 3,500 households, while in Monguno there are 5,000 households who were carefully selected to benefit from the exercise.

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“These improved seed varieties are 10kg bag of maize, 1.5kg of millet, 10kg rice seed, 7kg groundnuts, 6kg okra and 4kg cowpea for each Head of household.

“Likewise, each of these households are to receive N55,000 for seed protection, with additional N20,000 to enable them buy agro-inputs, agro- chemicals and other needs such as land labour and clearing.

“These gestures which is part of ICRC’s core mandate to support vulnerable farmers affected by the armed conflict, is also aimed at improving the means of their livelihood, food security and to make them self-reliant as they resettle back to their liberated communities.” , Mohammed said.

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Mallam Adam Isa from Jere and Mohammed Abubakar from MMC who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, appreciated ICRC for the gesture, which they said, will amply assist them as they pick up the pieces of their lives in their liberated communities.


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