Nasarawa State Government, said it will partner with the National Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) to protect farmers in the state against natural disasters and other diseases.
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, made this known while hosting officials of NAIC, led by Bashir Babajo, Executive Director Operations, who were on a courtesy call at the Government House, on Thursday.
Engineer Sule said his administration strongly believes in supporting farmers and insurance coverage is one way the Government can support all farmers in the state.
Specifically, the Governor sought to partner with NAIC, to provide protection for farmers under the outgrower schemes in firms operating commercial agriculture such as the Olams, Dangote Group and Azman Rice Farms.
Also, youths under the youth empowerment programme in agriculture, which has since commenced with 430 youths in Doma, with a view to enlarging the number to 2000, as well as extending similar exercise to Tide, in Akwanga Local Government Area.
And then the local farmers, who are mostly subsistence farmers.
While reiterating the significance to providing some level of protection to all category of farmers in the state, Engineer Sule, recalled that only recently, an outgrower lost 50000 hectares of rice to flood and because he was not ensured, he was left at the mercy of government to support him.
According to the Governor, young farmers under the youth empowerment programme in agriculture, that are just venturing into agriculture, may be discouraged if they experience any form of loss, hence the need to support them with some level of insurance.
He emphasized that local farmers who produce mostly for their consumption, need to be protected also against hunger in the event of natural disaster or effects of herdsmen.
Engineer Sule therefore directed the Commissioner of Agriculture and Water Resources, the ministry and NAIC, to work together, towards evolving a relationship aimed at protecting farmers in the state.
Earlier, in an opening remarks, Bashir Babajo, Executive Director, Operations of NAIC, said they were in the state to intimate the Governor about the activities of the corporation, as well as seek the collaboration of the state government, with a view to bringing lots of benefits to local farmers.
Babajo added that NAIC was established over three decades ago, to assist farmers in terms of lost due to natural disaster or diseases.
“We try to sensitize them, to encourage them to take insurance policy on agriculture so that in the event of loss, they will be taken care of by NAIC,” he said.
Cotton Farmers Collect Harvest Bags in Kogi
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Following the suspension of executives of National Cotton Association of Nigeria (NACOTAN) and the subsequent formation of the Caretaker Taker Committee by the national headquarters, all farmers that have cultivated cotton across the state have been directed to contact the new leadership of association for further directives on the new development.
A statement signed by Mallam Muhammed Yunusa, the Public Relations Officer, asks the cotton farmers to come forward and obtain their harvest bags.
The PRO also called on the members of association to present themselves for the off – talking of their cotton harvest.
According to the statement, registration of new members across the state commences on January 5th 2021.
Buhari Order CBN Not To Provide Foreign Exchange For Food importers Insist Nigeria Must Eat What It Produces
President Buhari has once again instructed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) not to provide foreign exchange for the importation of food items.
The President gave the directive at the fifth regular meeting with the presidential economic advisory council that held at the state house in Abuja on Tuesday.
A statement released by Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, quoted President Buhari as saying Nigerians must eat what is produced here.
“The CBN must not give money to import food. Already, about seven states are producing all the rice we need. We must eat what we produce. Going back to the land is the way out.
“We depend on petrol at the expense of agriculture. Now the oil industry is in turmoil. We are being squeezed to produce at 1.5 million barrels a day as against a capacity to produce 2.3 million. At the same time, the technical cost of our production per barrel is high, compared to the Middle East production”.
“We will continue to encourage our people to go back to the land. Our elite is indoctrinated in the idea that we are rich in oil, leaving the land for the city for oil riches”.
“We are back to the land now. We must not lose the opportunity to make life easier for our people. Imagine what would have happened if we didn’t encourage agriculture and closed the borders. We would have been in trouble.” he said
This is the third time that the President would issue CBN the directive not to give food importers foreign exchange. The first time was in August 2019 and again in September 2020.
NSG Flag off Distribution Of 31 Trucks Of fertilizers As Nasarawa Assembly Assures Of More Support To Enhance food production
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.
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