Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Diamond Development Initiative distribute inputs to 1,760 households

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Makurdi, Benue.

No fewer than 1,760 households in Benue, on Friday in Makurdi, received farm inputs from an NGO, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), to improve their home grown vegetable-garden- practice initiative

The GAIN Senior Programme Manager, Supply Chains for Commercialisation, Mr Godwin Ehiabhi, disclosed this during the inauguration of the input distribution in Makurdi.

He said that the gesture would also reduce malnutrition among the children.

Ehiabhi said the programme was being executed in collaboration with Diamond Development Initiative (DDI).

He explained that 440 farmers were selected from four local government areas of the state.

He listed the local government areas to include Gboko, Gwer, Makurdi and Otukpo, stressing that each beneficiary was given spinach seeds, tomato seeds, potatoes, water can and organic fertiliser.

He said that their organisation was championing the cause to reduce malnutrition across the globe.

The Commissioner for Agriculture in the state, Prof. Moses Ogbaji, said that Benue was the food basket of the nation.

He, however, lamented that there was widespread malnutrition and stunted growth especially among children under five years of age in the state.

“This is worsened by insecurity and a host of other socio-economic factors, including inadequate processing technologies that can enhance the shelf life of food and ensure its availability all-year-round in the state,” Ogbaji said.

Mrs Dooshima Zaki, the Programme Manager, Benue Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (BNARDA), commended GAIN and DDI for introducing the home garden initiative among households in the state.

She said that the gesture would help the people save money on vegetable consumption.

Zaki encouraged the farmers to make judicious use of the items to cultivate vegetables and other crops in their homes to encourage GAIN and DDI to do more for the state.

The state Desk Officer, Mr Raphael Daav, thanked GAIN for selecting Benue to be among states that they were intervening in.

Some of the beneficiaries, Ayangeaor Akende and Mrs Dooshima Sesugh, appreciated the organisations for the gesture.

They said that they would utilise the inputs solely for the purpose they were meant for.

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