The AUDA – NEPAD State Coordinator Dr Easter Ahmed stated this at the inauguration of the State Technical Steering Committee of the project in Bauchi .
Dr,Easter Ahmed said the project is aimed at strengthening small holder Farmer capabilities,combat desertification, promote the use if innovative technology to reduce post harvest losses and maximize food security amid COVID-19 pandemic.
She explained that due to the devastating effect of COVID -19 on small holder farmers ,AUDA-NEPAD decided to come up with the project to end hunger ,achieve food security and improve nutrition through Sustainable agriculture ,based on goal two of the sustainable Development Goals.
The State Coordinator of the project who is also the Director General Sustainable Development Goals said five thousand four hundred people would benefit in the year of the project, saying that the project is expected to run for the period of ten years .
Dr,Easter further disclosed that the state government has earmarked two thousand four hundred hectares of land in the three senatorial zones of the state with nine participating local government.
In a remark ,the chairman Technical Steering committee and Special Adviser to Governor Bala Muhammed on Agriculture Dr,Ilyasu Aliyu Gital promised to utilize the money for the benefit of farmers in the State.