By Justina Auta
An NGO, Caleb Danladi Foundation has begun distribution of fertiliser to over 700 farmers to boost food production in Kaduna state.
The Founder, Capt. Caleb Danaladi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday said the gesture aim at boosting food production in the state, despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, which had restricted farmers from going to their farms.
According to him, the Covid-19 lockdown and security challenges had prevented farmers from going to their farms, even as the rainy season falls in earnest.
He, however, encouraged farmers to engage more in massive agriculture production to carter for the needs of Nigeria as there was restriction on food importation.
“The essence of this project is to encourage small scale farming and to support and encourage our local farmers to focus on agriculture as a means of livelihood.
“I will like to task our farmers on massive food production, as you are aware there is more restriction on food importation which will benefit our local farmers because Nigerians now depends on local production for consumption.”
Danladi, therefore, appealed to the government at all levels to continue to support small scale farmers with subsidised loans, grants and modernised farming equipment that would boost agriculture production.
He added that partnership with farmers would also increase farm yields for local consumption and exportation to other countries, which would increase the nation’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The Founder said over 200 farmers, comprising of mostly women benefitted from the first phase of exercise, adding that atleast 500 morewould be given within a phase of one month in Jaba local government area.
A beneficiary, Mrs Jummai Bawa, told NAN that the gesture would boost food production for peasant widows in the area.
Bawa commended the efforts of the philanthropist, through his NGO, for his food distribution and supports during the lockdown, as well as the disbursement of fertiliser to farmers. (NAN)