The Nasarawa State Government said it has distributed 31 trucks out of 38 trucks of fertilizers purchased for farmers across the 13 local government and 18 development areas in order to boost food security in the state.
Prof. Allahnana Otaki, the Commissioner for Agriculture made this known while defending the ministry’s 2021 budget proposal before the state House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture today in Lafia.
He has said that each local government and development areas has already been given one truck of fertilizer, adding that the local government councils and development areas are awaiting for the directive of the government for onward distribution to farmers.
” We want to commend the committee for supporting the activities of the ministry.
“As a ministry, we are doing our best in boosting food production in order to ensure food security through our various agricultural policies and programmes in the state.
” I want to inform you that we have purchased 38 trucks of fertilizers in which we have already sent one truck each to each local government and development areas.
” The remaining 7 trucks is kept with us as local government councils are awaiting for the state government directive to distribute the fertilizers to their farmers.
” This is is to boost food security, boost employment and improve on the standard of living of the people of the state,” he said.
The commissioner, however, said that the ministry need more funds to purchase machines, equipment among other farming tools for the overall development of the state.
Earlier, Dr Peter Akwe ( PDP-Obi 1) the Chairman of the committee, has assured the ministry of the committee’s readiness to support the state government in order to boost food production in the state.
” We will continue to support you to succeed as the importance of Agriculture to human and society development could not be overemphasised.
” We will do our best to address your challenges for the benefit of our people and for the overall development of the state, ” he said.
The chairman also assured the ministry of its continued synergy in order to ensure food security in the state.
Meantime, the managenent of Nasarawa Agricultural Development Programme NADP led by its Programme Manager, Alanana O Emmanuel defend its 2021 budget proposal where he told the committee that the programme has budgeted fund for the purchase of tractors in order to boost farming activities in the state.
The Committee Chairman, Dr Peter Akwe assured them of the committee support to succeed.
Nigerians Urged to farm to support Buhari’s Govt. To Improve on the economy of the Nation
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mohammad Abubakar, has urged Nigerians to farm as a way to support the Muhammadu Buhari regime to improve the economy.
Mr Abubakar made the call Saturday on the second day of his familiarisation tour of some agricultural facilities in Kaduna.
According to him, agriculture was a lucrative business, with the capacity to attract funding from both local and foreign governments as well as organisations.
However, he said some stakeholders were sabotaging the government efforts by hoarding farming equipment.
“I have seen equipment in the stores that should have been distributed to end users instead of being laid fallow and left to decay.
“We cannot let situations like this continue to happen because we do not want to hurt anybody.
These people benefiting from hoarding equipment and agricultural inputs are hurting a lot of farmers and the economy of the country.
“So I am not afraid to do what is right and we will do what is right to change some of the narratives of hoarding agricultural inputs while showing the people that the government is doing its best to improve the lives of Nigerians,” he said.
Cotton Farming Commences In Kogi, 250 Hectares Of Land Cultivated.
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Cotton Producers and Merchants Association of Nigeria, (COPMAN), Kogi state chapter, has commenced cultivation and farming of cotton at Ejiba, Yagba West local government area of Kogi state.
Over 250 hectares of land has so far been cultivated and the improved seed of cotton from India have been planted.
Coordinator of COPMAN in Kogi state, Mallam Azeez Danladi, told pressmen on Tuesday after an Inspection of the farm by officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that the association needs another 150 hectares of land for extension of the projects in Kogi state in view of the success so far recorded.
Danladi explained that Nigeria agricultural sector has become attractive, as raw materials needed to feed textile industries can now be produced locally and soon be exported for foreign earnings.
While commending the Central Bank of Nigeria for the Anchor Borrowers programme to boost agriculture across the country, the Coordinator also appealed to youths to take to farming, not only to feed the nation, but to also feed local industries with raw materials.
Mallam Azeez Danladi also appealed to the Kogi state Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to encourage the cotton project in the state by making cultivable land available for massive production of the commodity.
He sought the assistance of both the federal and state ministries of Agriculture to provide inputs and accessories to encourage the farmers.
The officials from the CBN expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the cotton farmers and promised to expedite actions that will assist them to achieve the objective.
It would be recalled that Nigerians have advised to agriculture as a means of diversifying economy, after so much depending on petroleum.
FCTA Provides Effective Agricultural Support Services, Begin Update Of Database Of Farmers In The Territory
The federal capital territory have designed a template to tackle unemployment and as part of measure to address specific areas of need towards the provision of effective and robust agricultural support services, particularly in the aspects of input and extension services, the FCT Administration has begun the process of updating database of farmers and all agriculture-related institutions in the territory.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who made this disclosure at the opening ceremony of the Agribusiness Innovation Conference and Expo held at the International Conference Centre Abuja, also stressed that as part of efforts to upgrade agricultural infrastructure, the administration had embarked on the rehabilitation of old facilities while efforts are being made to establish new ones.
Aliyu, however, acknowledged that despite the important roles that farmers play in the quest to eliminate hunger, the agricultural sector was faced with so many challenges, including; lack of information on good agricultural practices, insufficient financial support, access to inputs, storage and processing facilities, pest infestation, access to markets as well as improved technology.
She said the administration has adopted strategies to overcome these challenges and restore agriculture to its prime position.
Some of the strategies adopted according to her include keying into the various federal government agricultural initiatives such as the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS), the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), amongst others.
“On the implementation of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) funded AADS, all the six Area Councils of the FCT, as well as participating farmers and off-takers have been fully mobilised and are ready for the take-off of the programme at the start of the 2021 dry season farming”, she added.
Earlier, the Ag. Secretary FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Malam Ishaq Abubakar Sadeeq, described the theme ‘#End Hunger: “Building A National Resilience For Sustainable Food Security” as apt considering the fact that the country more than ever before was in dire need of the participation of key stakeholders in enhancing agribusiness for increased food security and employment.
He noted that the FCT was not just about infrastructural development, as the Administration has been giving due attention to the agricultural sector in order to meet the needs of the growing population of FCT with food and nutrition.
Sadeeq said the administration has been implementing programmes aimed at making agriculture attractive to the populace and investors particularly in the areas of agricultural value chains development.
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