FON Supports Fantsuam’s Household Food Security
by John Dada, Fantsuam Foundation Director
In 2015, Friends of Nigeria provided $2,795 to the Fantsuam Foundation to be invested in grain storage silos. These silos were purchased and are now being put to good use to store the 2016 harvest.
One of the Fantsuam Foundation responses to the peace building efforts for our communities is the use of the grains bank at Fantsuam to support vulnerable families, especially families that are hosting internally displaced persons and whose household food security situation has become precarious.
The harvest for 2016 was not impressive due to the pervailing political tensions which affected both the planting and harvesting activities. The total harvest in 2016 was as follows:
Maize = 100kg bags x 10 = NGN250,000
Rice = 100kg bags x 12 = NGN300,000
Soyabeans = 100kg bags x 4 = NGN100,000
Blackeye beans = 100kg bags x 5 = NGN200,000
Brown beans = 25Kg x 1 = NGN3,000
The total amount invested was N846,000 (US$3,000), and the total amount of produce realised was NGN853,000 or US$3,024.
As the peace efforts take hold this year, we are hopeful for a more productive farming season.
Fantsuam’s tractor prepares the farm for planting
Members of the Women’s cooperative planting on the Fantsuam maize farm
Paddy rice planting, Ungwa Mangoro, 2016
Women taking the harvest of maize home
Women processing the beans and the rice
Grains being bagged and transported to Fantsuam grains bank