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FG Distributes Agricultural Inputs to Boost Crop Cultivation

By Ojugbele Omotunde

The Federal Government has taken proactive steps to ensure staple food availability in the country amidst global resource scarcity and food shortages by distributing agricultural inputs to farmers.

Announced by the Federal Government on Friday, the beneficiaries of this initiative include farmers in Abia, Kebbi, and Yobe states, who received inputs to cultivate crops on over 340 hectares of farmland across the three states.

In a bid to assist farmers in maximizing agricultural cultivation for better yields and increased food supply, the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) launched an empowerment initiative following President Bola Tinubu’s food emergency proclamation in July 2023.

At the NALDA Institute of Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship in Osisioma Local Government Area, recipients from all local governments in Abia convened to accept the empowerment packages from agency representatives, led by Executive Secretary Paul Ikonne.

Ikonne highlighted the significance of farming in reducing food costs and ensuring that Nigerians produce the food they consume, emphasizing that the organization anticipates 340 hectares of cultivation from these farmers.

In Kebbi State, NALDA administrator Bashar Bunza distributed inputs to beneficiaries in local governments, with Chairman Manir Abubakar expressing appreciation for the gesture.

Similarly, beneficiaries in Gashua, Bade Local Government Area of Yobe State, received inputs from the NALDA team, headed by Suleiman Lawal, Director of Finance.

According to NALDA’s head, the empowerment initiative aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to ensuring Nigerians have access to sufficient food at reasonable rates.

Certified recipients of the program were provided with bags containing premium fertilizers, herbicides, and enhanced rice seeds for Kebbi farmers, as well as improved maize seeds for Abia and Yobe states.

 

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