A Non-Governmental Organization based in Benin city, Edo state known as the Health Of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) has unveiled its plans to embark on an awareness campaign against harmful farming practices among farmers in Bauchi state.
The Leader of the NGO in Bauchi, Naziru Zakari Muhammad made this known on Wednesday when he visited the General Manager of Yankari Game Reserve, Alhaji Muhammad Ladan in his office.
“This is in line with HOMEF theme of “Hunger politics”. Educating Yankari support zone communities will improve the park-communities relationship in the reserve”, Zakari further explained.
A conservation Biologist at the Reserve, Zakari said, as a volunteer, he was introducing his organization’s work to the GM for the first time with a view to seeking his support and collaboration.
While shedding light on the activities of the NGO and how it relates to the aspect of the destruction of biodiversity, Naziru informed the GM that through the awareness program, the support zone Communities of Yankari Game Reserve are going to be educated on avoiding harmful farming practices.
The Conservation Biologist who noted that some of the harmful farming practices, destroys the environment and are not sustainably pointed out that the issue of environmental pollution is going to be included in the awareness campaign.
According to him, climate change and its impact are areas that are going to be touched in the environmental education program.
He said farmers are going to be advised to engage in sustainable farming practices such as regenerative agriculture for successful farming.
Responding, the General Manager of the Reserve, Alhaji Muhammad Ladan welcomed the idea of organizing the awareness campaign program.
He pledged his organization’s readiness to giving the desired support for its success so as to Support the Zone Communities of the Reserve who are mostly farmers.
The GM who is an expert in Wildlife Conservation as well as an environmentalist said that the program was timely and in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic diversification agenda.
Naziru during the courtesy visit on the GM also held meetings with Youth Corps Members serving in the Reserve as well as students on Industrial Training (IT) where he introduced his NGO and its activities in the country, advising them to be advocates of sustainable farming practices that are not detrimental to the environment.
Naziru paid a similar visit to the management of Bauchi State Agricultural Development Project (BSADP) where he presented some copies of educational materials produced by his NGO to the Director, Extension services of the BSADP.
The Director, Extension services of the BSADP on his part, welcomed the idea and pledged to give the program the desired support, adding that he will ensure that the environmental awareness program is included in the Agricultural programs of the Bauchi state government.