The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mr Muhammad Musa Bello has disclosed that the FCTA spent N250million for the provision of fertilizer and other farm inputs to farmers in the capital city for the 2018 farming season.
Bello made this known while flagging off the 2018 farming season in Abuja, the Nation’s capital.
The Minister also announced the distribution of 8,000 bags of NPK fertilizer to farmers, promising that the administration plans to increase the figure from N250million to N500million in 2019.
“Our presence here today, certainly, bears eloquent testimony of the Administration’s commitment, not only to ensure adequate food production, but also the creation of other products in the agricultural value chain,” he said.
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He noted that, the gesture was part of efforts by President Muhammad Buhari’s administration in ensuring food security in the country.
The Minister, however, solicited the cooperation of traditional rulers and the entire residents to strengthen agriculture as the foundation for a stronger industrial base and economic prosperity, noting that the FCTA cannot shoulder the task alone.
Among the high points of the day’s event was the distribution of motorcycles to FCT Extension staff for the purpose of strengthening their delivery system.
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In the same vein, the Secretary, FCT, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mr Ifeanyi Chukwu while buttressing the FCT Minister’s remarks said, the FCT Agriculture Secretariat has procured fertilizers to be distributed at subsidized rate to genuine farmers.
Chukwu added that 20,000 farmers have also been targeted for the Accelerated Agriculture Development Scheme (AADS) which is a presidential initiative being executed through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Bank of Agriculture.