MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has flagged off the distribution of 300 metric tonnes of fertilizers to rural farmers for the commencement of agricultural activities this farming season across the state.
Zulum who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Usman Kadafur at the flag-off ceremony held in Kwaya Kursa town of Kwaya Kursa LGA of the state on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 said that to ensure a hitch free distribution exercise, a monitoring distribution panel had been set up.
He however solicited for co-operation and support of farmers for government to succeed in its overall development plan for the state while pledging to procure other agricultural inputs, including tractors, water pumps, seeds and pesticides to distribute to the farmers to prevent pre-harvest and post-harvest losses
He explained that the early distribution of fertilizers was deliberately planned to coincide with the planting and raining season in the month of July.
“This will prevent the diversion of the commodity to targeted farmers in the 27 Local Government Areas of the state,” he said.
Zulum disclosed that 180 trucks of fertilizer carrying 300 metric tonnes were provided for distribution to rural farmers to boost agricultural production during the season across the state.
Giving the breakdown of the fertilizer distribution, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, and Natural Resources, Alhaji Bukar Talba, said that 90 trucks of fertilizer would be allocated to nine LGAs in Borno South Senatorial District with each LGAs getting 10 trucks for its farmers.
He added that Borno Central and Borno North Senatorial Districts were allocated 40 trucks and 50 trucks respectively for distribution to its 8 LGAs and 10 LGAs respectively.
The governor expressed his administration’s determination not only to raise farmers’ productivity, but in line with his 10-point development agenda to boost farm produce across the state for consumption and economic benefits.
He also noted that the distribution of fertilizers will also enhanced living condition of the rural farmers that constituted majority population of the electorate.
Zulum further said that the fertilizer was one of the most important farming inputs to improve agricultural production as local manure was grossly inadequate to meet farmers’ demand.
“It’s therefore, necessary to provide agricultural inputs to farmers at the right time and at an affordable price as that will enhance high yields and productivity.
“Government will ensure that land is available for agriculture expansion across the state, while the hard to reach areas as a result of insecurity, are being accessed by farmers for agricultural expansion.
“Food sufficiency is the major catalyst for security and prosperity and this administration will ensure that all the requisite requirements for bumper harvest are provided,” he said.