By Baba Shehu Oscu, Bauchi
A Non-Governmental Organization, the West Africa Network for Peace Building with support of Oxfam has expressed its determination to boost production capacity of Small Scale Farmers in Bauchi State for food security in the country.
The Programme Manager of the network, Mrs Osariemen Amas Edobor made the remark at a one-day sensitization workshop on farmers manifesto held yesterday at Zaranda Hotel Bauchi.
Mrs Amas Edobor said the sensitization was organized to find lasting solution to the challenges affecting the smooth operation of the local farmers with a view to addressing them for national development.
According to her, for local farmers to operate effectively, there is need for Government at all levels and other stakeholders to provide them with credit loan, fertilizer and improvement of agricultural extension services.
The Programme Manager said statistics have showed that over seventy five percent of food consumed by the people were produced by the local farmers, and assured to collaborate with relevant stakeholders for improvement of budget allocated to agricultural sector.
The Programme Manager, Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme, Dr Iliyasu Aliyu Gital reassured that the state government will not relent in supporting local farmers to enhance their farming activities.
He commended the organizers of this program which came at appropriate time for taking pain to organize this important accession aimed at uplifting the small scale farmers not only in Bauchi but in the country at large.
Gital used the medium to call on participants to feel free and open up their problems so that it will give the organizers the opportunity to confront the policy makers with the said problems with a view to assisting the small farmers who produced most of the food we eat in Nigeria.
Participants of the workshops who spoke to our correspondent called for timely and regular distribution of farming inputs and Governments should declare State of Emergency on Farmers/ Headsmen clashes as remedy to address challenges facing agricultural sector.
The participants were drawn from Ganjuwa, Alkaleri, Dass, Warji, Kirfi and Bauchi local government areas of the state.