15 April 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat has launched a sensitization campaign on “Climate Smart Agriculture” towards empowering local farmers to be productive, inspite of the climate change.
Acting Secretary, FCTA Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mr Ibe Prospect Chukwuemeka who flagged-off the ceremony at the chief of Garki’s palace, said the campaign would be carried out across the seventeen chiefdoms in the FCT.
Mr Chukwuemeka , represented by Director Cooperative and Rural Development, Mr Innocent Ajaefobi, said the impact of climate change on human, livestock, forests and crops across the globe, had become a source of concern, especially as it affects food security.
This is a challenge, the FCT Administration had therefore taken a bold step to create awareness to rural farmers on how they could adapt to climate change for maximum productivity.
Mr Chukwuemeka therefore advised Nigerians to desists from indiscriminate felling of trees and the practice of bush burning towards the preservation and conservation of the environment.
On her part, Director of Forestry FCTA, Mrs Okpara Caroline pointed out that some unhealthy agricultural practices had increasingly raised the green house gasses emission into the atmosphere, leading to depletion of the ozon layer and global warming.
He urged the farmers to key into the Climate Smart Agricultural tips such as the usage of pest resistant, irrigation practices, inter cropping cover crops, integration of tree planting, minimizing overgrazing. Prevention and exposure of soil to wind erosion.
Also, the Chief Of Garki, Alhaji Usman Nga kupi commended the FCT Administration for the initiative and called for reactivation of forest guards to prevent encroachment.
While thanking the FCT Administration for subsidizing the price of fertilizer, Alhaji Nga Kupi called for more fertilizer to assist farmers during this year’s farming season.
The Resource person at the programme, Mr Philip Bankole said attaining food security, required deliberate efforts in sustaining increased productivity and strengthening resilience to climate variability.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of the Climate Smart Agriculture handbook to the chief of Garki for onward distribution to farmers.