first Lady of Nasarawa State and founder of Mother and Child Care Enhancement Foundation, McCEF, Hajiya Salamatu Tanko-Al-Makura has donated a 100-hectre special farm to cater for orphans and vulnerable children in the state.
Speaking at the weekend during the take-off of the special farm project, the governor’s wife who spoke through the coordinator of McCEF, Mr Adamu Alhassan said that the farm was aimed at reducing hunger, child mortality and poverty.
She explained that the farm, which is located at Dadere village in Obi Local Government Area, was a demonstration of the foundation’s commitment to supporting vulnerable children, youths and widows.
“The farm is designed to train vulnerable groups on the use of modern agricultural technology affordable in rural communities to improve yields and provide quality nutrients. The farm will grow a variety of high yielding crops including orange, fleshed potatoes, maize, moringa, pepper and cucumber,” she said.
Al-makura said that the project was supported technically by the Nasarawa Agricultural Development Programme, NADP, and the Institute of Human Virology of Nigeria, IHVN, to support the orphans and vulnerable children in the state.
She explained that the project was a pilot scheme and that it would soon be scaled up to other parts of the state.
She added that the state was willing to key into the project by expanding it for the benefit of the people in the state, saying “it is another means of creating job for the youths and would as well improve the state’s Internally Generated Revenue.
“I urge everyone in this community to collaborate to ensure that this project succeeds. It will go a long way to improve the wellbeing of everyone especially the vulnerable in our midst.
“I appeal to you to be active participants in the project as it is has been created to be a community owned project in order to make for sustainability.”