Written by Williams ABAH

FFACET flag off 2020 rice farming season in Nasarawa

Favour Farmers Community Empowerment Trust, FFACET, has flagged off the 2020 rice wet season farming in Uke, a suburb in Karu local government area of Nasarawa state.

Large number of farmers in Uke and the neighboring town were in attendance to benefit from the scheme.

Favour Farmers Community Empowerment Trust is a non-governmental organization registered with corporate affairs commission, CAC.

It was learnt that the organization has been in existence since 2004, and currently has over 25 million members cut across the 36 states of the federation, including the FCT.

Earlier in his opening remark, national secretary of FFACET, Edime Samuel, noted that the organization was set to reach out to peasant farmers in the rural area. Edime added that the organization had helped a large number of farmers with farm inputs.

Also speaking, the national publicity secretary, Alex Ukershio, said FFACET has been partnering with private sector, and their target was to encourage Nigerians to embrace farming as an occupation.

When asked whether the organization gets support from government, Ukershio said "for now we don't have any support from government, we have processed the CBN anchor borrowers scheme, but up till now the money is yet to be released".

In an interview with journalists, the national president of FFACET, AMB. J.T Yakubu, stated that the organization is targeting 10,540 hectare of land for the 2020 rice farming season.

In his words, "We have put measures in place to secure land to that effect".

According to him, it was estimated that each hectare, can produce 80 bags of rice. "We are targeting 80 bags per hectare, but because of certain circumstances, we have bench it at 60 bags per hectare".

Yakubu called on other stakeholders to key into the sector. He sought for government’s assistance to identify actual farmers and encourage them.

He advised the youths to keep their certificates aside, and embrace farming, as government alone cannot provide jobs for them.

On her part, the national woman leader of FFACET, Alhaja Mubutu Haliru, said that FFACET has been able to cover 36 states of the federation, noting that this coverage has enable them to reach out to the peasant farmers in the rural area. She said, "we have been able to supply them farm input, assist them in securing loan from micro finance bank, as well as offer them advice in order to gets value from their produce".

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