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NGO to collaborate with Ebonyi farmers for high yield

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UHURU – An Abuja based non-governmental organiasation, National Association of Nigeria Traders (NANTS), on Thursday said it would collaborate with farmers in Ebonyi State to realise high yields of agricultural produce.

The President of the organisation, Mr Ken Ukaoha, said at a one-day capacity building for farmers in Ebonyi at Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area that the organization would assist the farmers to also benefit from its other services.

“We are ready to assist Ebonyi farmers to approach farming as a business which involves having business tools such as proposals, insurance, plans, budgets and accounts.

“Apart from the above, the organisation will also prepare the farmers to benefit from other interventions such as micro-credit, grain banking and capacity building, among others.

He said that activities of NANTS cuts across states which included Plateau, Benue, Nassarawa and Imo with more than 27,000 farmers as members.

He maintianed that with support from development partners such as DFID, IFAD and OXFAM, the organisation would undertake further studies on different aspects of agriculture.

“The latest of our efforts is the identification and empowerment of farmers’ organisations in four states of Niger, Taraba, Ebonyi and Enugu.

“In the FCT, the organisation is presently implementing the USAID Markets 11 project on rice and cassava value chains and has a network of 7000 farmers for the project which targets youths and women,” he noted.

Dr Felix Oje, on behalf of the farmers, prayed the organisation to assist them in the area of manpower, weed control, mechanised farm implements, trashing machines, fertilisers, and improved farm seedlings, being predominantly rice farmers. (NAN)

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