Over 36,300 farmers in Gombe State empowered through GO-CARES agricultural program

Rehabilitation of an earth dam for farmers use by GO-CARES in Gombe State.

By Williams Ago, Gombe

The third phase of the GO-CARES program in Gombe State has benefitted over 36,300 farmers with improved agricultural inputs and assets. The program, implemented by the FADAMA unit of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, has provided various interventions to support the farmers. The headline for the rewritten essay could be.

Dr. Babayo Makka, the State Project Coordinator of FADAMA, stated this at the distribution of the items to benefiting farmers at the premises of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.

Dr. Makka appreciated Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for the prompt release of funds and creating an enabling environment for the project to thrive.

During the distribution, 31,000 out of the 36,300 farmers were supported with improved agricultural inputs of maize, agro-chemicals, fertilizers and poultry production, including food assistance of rice and noodles to improve on their livelihood while 2,800 poor and vulnerable farmers, including women and Youths were supported with agricultural assets of water pumps, grinding machines and small ruminants to improve their capacity for food production and small scale primary processing to mitigate food loss and waste.

The project coordinator said four culverts and eight earth dams were equally rehabilitated where the remaining 2,500 farmers will directly benefit from the infrastructure.

The excited beneficiaries expressed appreciation and promised to make judicious use of what was given to them as a relief from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their livelihoods.

The mandate of FADAMA also known as Result Area 2 in the GO-CARES programme aims to support government interventions that mitigate the impact of covid-19 pandemic on food security of the poor and vulnerable households and facilitate the safe functioning of food supply chains.

Recall that different sets of farmers across the State, including women and youths benefitted from the first and second phase of the programme where they received agricultural inputs and assets.

More farmers are expected to benefit from subsequent phases.
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