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Farmers urged to insure lands

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FARMERS in Anambra State have been urged to take proactive measures through ensuring that their farm lands are insured against natural disasters.

This call was made by the Nigeria Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC), whose major specialisation is to insure farmers in a programme organised by Anambra State Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation Processing and Export in Awka.

Speaking during the event, NAIC representative, Mr. Richards Iwu,  warned farmers not to wait until something bad happens before making use of the insurance window provided by NAIC.

Listing the benefits of insurance to farmers, Iwu outlined the different areas that can be insured. According to him, “we insure only against natural disasters such as flood, fire outbreak, thunder storm, pest, wind and their likes.”

On his part,  the state programme coordinator, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)- Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), Nnamdi Agwuncha, in an interview with press men said the idea of using certified seed was introduced and it had attracted more youths into seed production.

“Farmers in the state are not only making money but are also solving problems of food and unemployment. The programme has helped in providing solutions on pressing issues and has also provided ideas towards increasing income and reducing poverty.

This forum is ready to help build relationships among farmers.”

He further disclosed that micro-finance banks are ready to come in and assist farmers through making them dependent.

On herdsmen attacks, Agwuncha, who frowned at the losses incurred by farmers, informed that the state government already has a committee as regards to that, while urging farmers to synergise with their community leaders and vigilante groups to tackle the challenges.

The event, which is targeted on knowledge sharing and interaction, attracted farmers from different parts of the state.

The programme, which was in collaboration with the Community Agricultural Forum (CAF), was to sustain and continue the good initiative which countless ndi Anambra have benefitted.

Beneficiaries of VCDP, in their separate speeches, praised the life transforming initiative. They gave testimonies of how their lives have been transformed since they took to farming as their main source of income.

Highlight of the event was the display of packaged farm produce at the event.

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