Gombe IDPs receive farm inputs for planting

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe

The Fadama III Project Additional Funding II in Gombe State has begun the distribution of the farming inputs this week and hopes to Cover all 11 local government areas with the improved maize and rice seeds, as well as herbicides and pesticides.

One hundred and sixty-six Internally displaced people in Kaltungo and Shongom Local Government Areas of Gombe State benefitted from the distribution, which was made possible under the Fadama III Additional Funding Project, as part of a support programme to restore the farming activities of IDPs in their host communities.

The items distributed were 1340 kilograms of maize seeds, 1600 rice seeds, 406 litres of herbicides and 406 insecticides for the Internally Displaced people and their host in the communities.

Some of the items donated to the IDPs in Gombe. Photo by Rebecca Mu’azu

This is part of the North-East Food Security and Livelihood Emergency Support project, under the Presidential Initiative to revitalise the North-East and meant only for victims of the insurgency, who are resident in communities in the zone.

Mr. Babayo Makka is the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the Fadama III Project in Gombe.

“The programme focuses on the Internally Displaced People, the IDPs. The Federal Government of Nigeria looked at the situation of these people and how to assist them and meet their livelihood needs, then they came up with this support. We have various support, we have the input support, crop livelihood, livestock livelihood support and food assistance, as well as capacity building services that will train the farmers on the items they receive, so that it will be sustainable to a certain period of time”, he noted.

“This particular distribution is focused on crop livelihood support. First they have demanded for the livelihood with the crop farmers who are going into farming business. They have the inputs like the seed, the fertilizer, the insecticides and the herbicides. In this aspect, we normally make it in such a way that it will reach across the farmers, the IDPs ,” Mr. Makka said.

Assessment

The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the Fadama III Project in Gombe Mr. Babayo Makka, fertiliser would be next in line to be distributed to the IDPs in about a week or two.

Mr. Makka said the beneficiaries should make use of the items because they would be coming back to inspect the progress made in planting the seeds.

 “We are going to come back in week a time to give them the input, that is the fertilizer. Immediately we have given them the inputs, that is the seeds and the fertilizer, we are coming back to supervise and monitor how they have planted the seeds in those farms,” said Mr. Makka.

The Chairman of the IDP Community in Shongom, Mr. Ezekiel Musa, who is from Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, said he appreciated the gesture of the Federal Government  and called on the beneficiaries to ensure the judicious use of the items for their benefit.

“We feel so excited about the items they gave us. Our expectation is that we expect fertilizer from them,but they started with seeds, herbicides and pesticides. Our expectations are that they will give us fertilizer on time, so that immediately after planting,we expected to put first fertilizer, because we do not have any one that can help us and we depend on them,” Mr. Musa said. 

However, Mr. Buba Nuhu, the Chairman of the IDP Community in Tula, thanked the government for the gesture, but called on them to distribute the items on time, so that they could plant on time too.

“We want them to fasten the time, what they say they will give us. Now we are saying everything is almost getting late. We thank the government for the efforts they made since they call us to come and collect it now. So we are very, very grateful and we believe next time they will make it faster than now,” said Mr. Nuhu.

The funds for the project are being provided by the World Bank as a loan to the Federal Government and grants to the states and local governments.

The North-East Food Security and Livelihood Emergency Support project, under the Presidential Initiative to revitalise the North-East and meant only for victims of the insurgency, who are resident in communities in the zone, began in Gombe State with mobilisation of the project Implementation Staff recruitment and disbursement of facilitators to the 11 local government areas.

It then mobilized and recruited two nongovernmental organisations, Quality Life Initiative and Gombe United Youths and Women Development Initiative, who went round the state to sensitise relevant government establishments.

After that, the facilitators went to capture the information and data of all the IDPs and hosts in the community, which are their names, where they come from, address of present location, phone number, and the number of people a household.

They have been given relief items based their needs and requests.

Before the planting season, the IDPs were give food assistance, to enable have enough food before the seeds are distributed, so that do not have to eat up the seeds given to them for planting.

Early this year, the Gombe State Government paid 20 million Naira as counterpart funding  for the project, which is meant for the running of the office.