Vulnerable Households and Poor Farmers in Bauchi State to Benefit from $20 Million Federal Government and World Bank COVID-19 Economic Recovery Support Package to Ease Hardship Caused by Pandemic .
The State Agriculture Commissioner, Barrister Jidauna Tula Bami said so during a capacity building workshop for Fadama Cares facilitators and managers held in Bauchi yesterday.
He said the workshop was aimed at boosting agricultural production in the state and the provision of grants by the World Bank to alleviate the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said participants would be trained on how to prepare Community Recovery Action Plans (CARPs) in the 20 LGAs targeting rural farmers and the most vulnerable in society, adding that agricultural inputs and other productive assets would be provided to this category of people. as a state government grant to help them regain their lost livelihoods as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, the program also aims to upgrade the existing wet markets in the 20 LGAs through the provision of VIP latrines, solar boreholes and many other social amenities.
He urged Fadama animators and desk officers to select vulnerable households and poorest farmers who are to benefit from the programme.
He said: “You will agree with me that the coronavirus outbreak has devastated the global economy and the agricultural sector in particular, hence the idea for the program. We sincerely thank the World Bank and the Federal Government for coming up with this program to help vulnerable and poorest households regain their livelihoods.
Advocate Jidauna, also said that the Bauchi State government had trained 1,000 youths in good agricultural practices at the Integrated Agricultural Center in Abuja, while another group of 323 youths had been trained as contract sprayers, adding that the state also conducted annual livestock vaccination and anti-rabies vaccination in 2021.