Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Yobe Begins Fertilizer Distribution for Dry Season Farming

In order to boost food production for the attainment of food security in the state, the Yobe state government through ministry of agriculture said it has procured 3,000 metric tons (100 Trucks) of NPK 20:10:10 fertilizer valued at N1.5 billion for dry season farming.

In order to boost food production for the attainment of food security in the state, the Yobe state government through ministry of agriculture said it has procured 3,000 metric tons (100 Trucks) of NPK 20:10:10 fertilizer valued at N1.5 billion for dry season farming.

The commissioner, Yobe state ministry of agriculture, Dr Mairo Ahmed Amshi, disclosed this at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat while briefing newsmen on the achievements of the Ministry within the period under review.

Amshi noted that the distribution and sales of the fertilizers are currently ongoing at a subsidized cost of N13,000 per bag through open market sales to the general public and allocation to LGAs Ministries, Agencies, Farmers Cooperative Societies, Large Scale Farmers etc.

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According to her, in addition to the fertilizer exercise, the state government has also developed over 2000ha of Land at LAVA irrigation scheme, in preparation for the year 2022 dry season farming, as well as provision of some structures including boreholes, veterinary clinic, primary school for herders’ Children, artificial insemination centers, fish ponds, herders’ settlements, milk collection centers etc.

She recalled that Yobe state came up with agricultural policy in 2021 to support both livestock and other agricultural sectors, which reportedly led to collaboration between the federal government and the state over the establishment of three livestock Development Centers (LDC), one each in a senatorial zone of the state.

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The commissioner explained that the three LDC namely, Jakusko/ Nasari grazing reserve (49600 ha), Badegana (190,000ha) and Gurjaje (93,00 ha) were set up to improve security, minimize herders movement from one place to another, minimize farmer herder conflicts, improve Livestock value chain, dairy industry and revenue generation for the State.

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