Over 800 households to benefit as IITA trains soldiers’ wives in Adamawa

No fewer than 800 households will benefit from various trainings in farming, poultry production, nutrition, recycling of agricultural waste, production of high and resistant seedlings, shoe making and other areas of human endeavor as the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) trains wives of soldiers in Adamawa State.

Thanking the organization for the timely intervention in giving families of soldiers succor and sense of belonging at the 23 brigade Yola, Saturday, Adamawa State coordinator of Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), Fauziyya Garba urged the women and youths who are the targeted beneficiaries to pay attention to the training for maximum benefit.

“The training will improve the nutrition needs of our kids because they are going to teach us how to make nutritious food that will give our children balanced diet.

“Farming, poultry production and all the other skills that will be learnt here will provide long term opportunities for families. So we all stand to benefit a lot from it.

“We have more than 800 households in this barrack and by the grace of God all of them will benefit from the training and we shall ensure the skills learnt are sustained for the benefit of helping the families.

“In line with NAOWA’s national, divisional and zonal chapters’ mandate that the 23 brigade NAOWA collaborates with IITA and their sister agencies ICRISAF and USAID to empower the women and youths in the barrack in farming activities which includes livestock and fish husbandry agro processing of food as well as non farming areas like feed formulation for infants, accessing new and improved varieties of seeds and seedlings to mention but a few,” she said.

Also speaking, a market systems specialist of IITA, Bassey Archibong said the reason for the training by IITA and its partners stems from the need to empower the families of soldiers and other security operatives who are trying to contain the social insecurity bedeviling the parts of Nigeria especially the north east sub region.

“IITA and its partners are here today because of already existing partnership with Nigerian Army and other security formations. We thought that it is important for the wives of the soldiers to also experience what we are doing in the north east.

“By way of introduction, IITA is supported by USAID under a program called feed the future to support families in the north east particularly in Adamawa and Borno to get back their livelihood as a result of the activities of insurgents in the region,” he said.

He noted the major benefits derivable from the training include empowering farmers to understand the dynamics of farming, training farmers on good agricultural practices, training farmers on how to make good use of what is available to them in terms of the type of crop that is suitable to the region, linking them to the market and work on issues of nutrition which is the fulcrum of the training.

Also speaking, the chief of party integrated agricultural activities, Prakash Silwali thanked NAOWA for the cooperation it is extending to his organization noting that such has proved beneficial and added impetus to the partnership.

Silwali noted that beside what they are doing today, IITA also has a lot of things to support agriculture especially in the areas of providing seedlings, noting that a one thousand hectares of land can produce 4000 tons of seedlings which can provide half a million local farmers with durable seeds at affordable price.

Highlight of the event was the inspection of the various pavilions in which previous beneficiaries displayed items they produced. According to them, the training has made them to acquire various skills which provided them sustainable livelihood.

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