The Improving the Fuel Wood Balance (FuWoBa) in 7 LGAs in Katsina State which is part of the Energizing Access to Sustainable Energy (EASE) programme funded by the European Union (EU) and fully implemented by OXFAM in Nigeria have distributed agricultural inputs worth over N120 million to benefiting farmers in Katsina State from February – July 2018. The second phase of the distribution took place simultaneously across the seven benefiting LGAs.
Dr Christo-Mary Udokang, the State Project Manager, revealed in Daura on Tuesday, July 18, 2018 that the inputs were distributed to farmers to encourage them plant more trees and grow their earnings in production of non-timber forest products. He further explained that the inputs distributed in the second phase included 700 animal plough; 1,400 sprayers; 1,400 bottles of Cypermathrin liquid insecticides; 4,600 enamel-made watering cans; 1,500 bags of NPK fertiliser and 1,500 mud efficient clean cook stoves. These are in addition to 7,000 (50kg) bags of 20:10:10 NPK fertilizer, 7,000 Cypermarthrin 10EC Liquid insecticides and 7,000 Mud-efficient clean cookstoves earlier distributed to dry season farmers between February and March 2018.
According to him, the LGAs and community leaders would be directly involved in the distribution of the inputs to ensure that only deserving farmers are given the materials. Dr Chris thanked the Security agents who effectively enhanced orderliness during the first phase and hoped that they will be equally involved in the second phase.
The project Manager described the initiative as strong motivation to encourage an all-inclusive participation in fighting desertification, combating negative effects of climate change among others.
The gesture was also aimed at inculcating in farmers and Community members the culture of environmental protection and forests conservation. He commended traditional rulers and stakeholders in the benefiting communities for their support towards actualising the project’s objectives through strong team approach.
FUWOBA Project was inaugurated in September 2014 to cover seven LGAs of Daura, Baure, Dutsi, Maiadua, Sandamu, Mashi and Zango with the aim of fighting desertification through improving the resilience and livelihood of the rural populace in the core Sahel region in Northern Nigeria.
These were to be achieved through three specific objectives which include: Plant/maintain 5.5m trees, produce and disseminated 35,000 mud-efficient clean cookstoves; and reaching target groups/beneficiaries of 275,000 at end of the four year project.
So far, the Project Management Unit (PMU) and stakeholders/beneficiaries under the project have planted and maintained 6.5 million variety of trees through the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) and Nursery approaches and have produced/disseminated over 35,000 user-friendly mud efficient clean cookstoves through impressive buy-in of beneficiaries.