The Victims’ Support Fund has empowered some selected farmers in Geidam area of the state, as part of its efforts in rebuilding the once torn Yobe state, following the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East part of the country.
Launching the distribution in Geidam town, its Executive Director, Prof. Sunday Ochoche, said the move became imperative to secure a long-term food security and livelihood among vulnerable citizens across affected communities within the zone.
He added, “The need to improve the lives of the victims of the insurgency is very important to us at VSF and you will recall that before now, VSF has been actively involved with the Yobe state government in restoring the lives of insurgency victims especially in livelihood.
“You will also recall that our Agro support program was actually kicked off in Yobe state where 2000 household in Gulani and Gujba Local Government Areas were supported with Agricultural inputs and we are impressed with the quality of Agricultural production realized so far.
“VSF has been encouraged to expand this project and in a short, while it will be coming with an intervention of dry season farming with many beneficiaries on board in terms of input and cash support to further enhance Agriculture and food security in Yobe state.”
The VSF boss, while appreciating a robust partnership with the state government in the rebuilding process, revealed that each household would also have access to N20,000, in addition to the animals.
“Each household will be getting four goats, three female goats, and one male goat as well as N20,000 to help them with the initial funds required to take care of the Animals. The primary objectives of the programme will help the beneficiaries to address some critical needs and improving their economy.
“Each of these Animals has been carefully selected, inoculated and screened by Fadama III who is our technical partners in this. So we expect that the beneficiaries will take good care of these Animals so that the purpose of the programme will be achieved.
“The Agriculture beneficiaries in Gulani and Gujba have encouraged us and we expect the same bearing in mind that the economic future of this intervention is in your hands,” he added.