By EMAMEH GABRIEL
The Nigeria Farmers Group and Cooperative Society has commenced its third phase of distribution of palliatives to some communities in Nasarawa State as part of the group’s effort to cushion the effects of the lockdown occasion by Coronavirus, the NFGCS has said in a statement.
The group, in the statement by its national coordinator, Mr. Retson Tedheke, noted that the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown measures have placed an undue burden on some section of the society, leaving the poor who represents the larger per cent of the society vulnerably exposed. Hence the cooperative has to come in to fill the gap where it is needed.
The NFGCS is one of the single largest community based farm settlement in Nigeria that was founded in 2017 and since then, the group had remain active in advocacy for diversification through agriculture and research to provide jobs for Nigeria growing population and increase the country’s GDP.
Mr. Retson said, “These are urgent times that call for urgent care. If you notice, there is little left of our daily lives which have not been affected in one way or the other by the global pandemic and the worst of it is to allow farmers who are in the front line of food production go hungry. That would be a double disaster.
“I am saying this because the average rural dweller is a farmer and they must be aggressive enough to get the job done. We started this since January and we did another round during the first week of the lockdown, where we slaughtered two cows and share among various households in the effected communities.
“Today we are also giving out 30 bags of 50kg rice to distribute among families in eleven communities, including the Fulani communities around us,” said Mr Retson.
He added that the burden the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on poor Nigerians is unduly heavier than they can carry on their own, thus they must be supported in whatever measures. He further assured that the Nigeria Farmers Group and Cooperative Society will continue to place premium on caring for the less privileged in the society as well as those under its payroll.