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Boko Haram: VSF launches 2019 rain-fed farming intervention in Northeast Niger

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Mukaila Ola 

The Victims Support Fund (VSF) on Thursday launched the 2019 rain-fed farming intervention in the Boko Haram ravaged Northeast Nigeria.

This scheme is aimed at improving food security, and empower the beneficiaries to have a source of livelihood in order to reduce dependence on charity for survival.

The scheme is targeting 4,000 households across the three states most affected by Boko Haram insurgency, Borno, Adamawa and Yobe

It is also expected to affect an estimated 26,000 persons indirectly.

Speaking during the flag off of the scheme in Garbula, in Biu local government area of Borno State, the Executive Director of VSF, Prof. Sunday Ochoche said the scheme was in continuation of the implementation of its 2019 programmes targeted at restoring livelihood to victims of insurgency.

He said it is agro based intervention in Borno State, noting that many people have been identified and selected to benefit from the programme.

He disclosed that farming inputs to be distributed include mini tractors, improved seeds (rice, cowpea, maize) liquid fertilizers, knapsack sprayers, herbicides and pesticides.

He also revealed that agricultural advisory services would be provided for the farmers to administer support and guidance in order to ensure maximum yield.

Ochoche revealed that VSF has been implementing various interventions in the Northeast, including the promotion of education for children through the provision of learning materials, introduction of foster care programmes for orphaned children, and provision of psychosocial support for women and children.

Others are: economic empowerment for women, strengthening health systems to cater for the medical needs of victims, reconstruction of public buildings and peace building advocacy.

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