Gov. Alhaji Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi has approved the release of N40 million for aerial spray of pesticides in farms across the state,to kill invading queleas from neighbouring Benin and Niger Republics.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Mineral Resources, Alhaji Maigari Abdullahi-Dakingari, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Birnin- Kebbi.
He said that the approval was to continue with the Federal Government’s efforts in preventing imminent loss of crops in the state.
“When the rainy season started, we were taken aback with the invasion and attack of quelea birds, migrating from neighboring countries of Benin and Niger Republics.
“We contacted the Federal Government for their intervention and aerial spray was conducted in some local government areas bordering Benin and Niger Republics,” he said.