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Agricultural production reduces rural poverty in Adamawa, says official



Mrs Felicia Nzomisaki, Permanent Secretary, Adamawa Ministry of Agriculture, has said that the increase in agricultural production has reduced poverty in the state’s rural communities.

Nzomisaki made the observation in Yola on Tuesday during the ongoing distribution of agricultural inputs by the Federal Government.

The intervention programme was under the National Food Security Council-Emergency Agricultural Intervention in Conflict and 2018 flood impacted states.

The permanent secretary noted that the Federal Government’s giant strides on agriculture had significantly reduced poverty and increased income of the state’s rural dwellers.

‘‘Federal and State governments agricultural programme holds the key for reducing rural poverty and fingering development in the state and the nation as a whole.

‘‘As studies and empirical evidence indicate that increasing agricultural productivity by one per cent leads to 0.72 per cent reduction in rural poverty index most especially in a state that is mainly agrarian like ours,’’ Nzomisaki said.

She pointed out that the Federal Government’s agricultural intervention would go a long way on impacting on nation’s food security.

She expressed her gratitude to the Federal Government, through National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), for supporting farmers of the states who were affected by floods and conflicts.

She noted that the intervention would bring succour to the rural farmers, improve their agricultural productivity and assist them to return to their normal life.

‘‘I call upon the beneficiaries, especially victims of flood disasters and farmer-herders clashes, not to sell these important inputs.

‘‘The Federal Government’s intervention is meant to build your resilience, therefore, laying the ground for long-term recovery, inclusiveness and sustainable growth,’’ Nzomisaki said.

In his remark, Dr Muhammed Sulaiman, Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, said that the intervention was targeted at about 21,000 farmers in 16 local government areas of the state.

Sulaiman added that the agency would ensure strictness in the distribution by ensuring only affected and registered farmers benefited from the gesture.

The inputs distributed include hybrid rice, maize seeds and herbicides among others.