US donates 160 tons of seedlings to 6,000 in N’East

By (Adeline Adepegba), PUNCH Newspaper 

The United States said it had delivered over 160 metric tons of maize, sorghum, millet, groundnut, and cowpea seedlings to over 6,000 households in Adamawa and Borno states in June, 2016.

It stated that the donation was done through the United States Agency for International Development.

A statement from the US embassy Information Office on Thursday in Abuja, said more than 60,000 internally displaced persons in the local government authorities of Madagali, Michika, Gombe, and Fufore in Adamawa, and Kaga in Borno benefitted from the effort.

It said that the USAID collaborated with the Adamawa State Ministry of Agriculture, the American University of Nigeria’s Adamawa Peace Initiative, and the Borno state government to ensure the distribution occurred ahead of this year’s planting season.

“These distribution efforts are literally sowing the seeds for recovery and resilience of IDPs; working with the Nigerian government and other partners, USAID plays an active role in helping the Northeast realize its full potential,” said Michael Harvey, USAID/Nigeria Mission Director.

The statement explained that the USAID supports several humanitarian, transitional, and longer-term development activities in northeastern Nigeria, totaling $133 million in collaboration with the government at the federal, state, and local levels.

It noted that current and forthcoming activities would improve governmental capacity and performance, strengthen food security, and provide services for IDPs.