FG Launches Fertiliser Sales and Distribution of Farm Inputs to Farmers in Nasarawa
The federal government through the federal ministry of agriculture has launche fertiliser sales and distribution of farm inputs to farmers in Nasarawa state for the 2021 dry season farming.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono disclosed this Tuesday at the launching of fertiliser sales and distribution of farm inputs to farmers for the 2021 dry season farming in Lafia that
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono who was represented by Director, department of Federal Agriculture, Hajiya Karima Babangida, on Tuesday said 200 bags of certified rice seed, 100 litres of insecticide, 1200 bags of NPK and urea fertilisers as well as 800 litres of soil amenders were to be distributed to rice farmers in the state.
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He said the initiative was part of the Federal Government’s sustained effort towards harnessing the agriculture sector for economic growth adding that the intervention was a deliberate efforts aimed at checking food scarcity during the COVID 19 pandemic.
” The food production system in Nigeria is facing challenges caused by the effects of the climate change which include flood, disaster and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“The ministry has over the years been responding to the challenges of food availability occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing farmers with various farm inputs including certified seeds , varieties of food crops such as rich , Maize , Sorghum, wheat , sweat potatoes, among others,” he added.
The Governor of Nasarawa state, Abdullahi Sule explained that the state government would continue to take advantage of the rich agricultural endowment in the state to strengthen collaboration with agro allied private sectors to reduce unemployment.
In a remark, the State Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria, (AFAN), Nasarawa state, Mr Samuel Meshi commended the federal government for the farm inputs and stressed the need for adequate security especially in the rural areas to allow farming activities to thrive in the state.
“It would be recalled that, since inception of our Administration, we have made a solemn pledge to improve the agricultural sector for socio-economic development. It is for this reason that we have continued to give agriculture a pride of place, being the major occupation of about 80% of the Nasarawa State population.
He urged the coordinators at various levels are to ensure remittance of sales to the designated bank account as any misappropriation will be meted with appropriate sanction.
The state commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources, Prof Alanana Otaki appreciated the federal government for the gesture, that the state on its part has procured 38 trailers of NPK fertilisers for the 13 local government and 18 development areas in the state which will be subsidized for 5000 per bag.
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