Farming materials worth millions of Naira were presented to farmers at Mainok in Kaga Local Government Area, Borno state by the Japanese government on Wednesday.
The Asian country donated the materials to aid farmers who have been affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. The items included 100 bags of fertilisers, 100 bags of beans, 300 pieces of herbicides, 300 cartons of pesticides among others.
A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Officer in Borno, Mrs. Sali Musa flagged-off the presentation.
According to her, the presentation was made under the United Nations (UN) Social Support Programme (SDP) for victims of the insurgency.
Musa explained that the action was targeted at dry season farmers to enable them start producing food for subsistence.
“We are gathered here for the presentation of agricultural implement donated by the Japanese Government aimed at ensuring speed recovery of the state from the devastation of the insurgency.
“The Japanese Government decided to assist the state because of the devastation suffered from the Boko Haram crisis,” she said.
“It is based on this premise that the Japanese Government decided that the state should have more support than others in the country so it can recover quickly,” she added.
Also speaking at the occasion was the Commissioner for Reconstruction, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Dr. Babagana Umara, who thanked the Japanese Government for the donation.
Umara who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Yarima Sale urged the beneficiaries to utilise the items for the intended purposes.