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Borno Flags Off 2024 Fertilizer Sales Distribution

…warns committee against diversion

…as IITA handover 17 metric tones of certified seeds to BOSG

The Borno State Government has flagged off the 2024 rainy session fertilizer sales and distribution for farmers at subsidized prices to boost this year’s agricultural production and warned the distribution committee against diversion.

Flagging off the sales and distribution at the fertilizer deport, Farm Centre, Maiduguri on Tuesday, the State Acting Governor, Hon Umar Kadafur said ” I now have the singular honour and privilege to launch the 2024 sales of fertilizer and distribution to all farmers in the state.

“The government has procured 100 trucks of the fertilizer to be sold at the subsidized rate of 50 per cent discount to farmers across the 27 local government area of the state”.

“As you are all aware, fertilizer is one of the most important ingredients for improving agricultural production as our local manure is grossly inadequate to cater for all our farmer’s needs, especially, large scale farming., It is therefore necessary to provide agricultural inputs to our farmers at the right time and at affordable prices, so as to ensure greater yield”, Hon Kadafur said.

“This programme underscores government commitment in the critical sector of agriculture to not only improve agricultural productivity but also food sufficiency in the state,” said.

The Acting governor said the Borno state government has given top priority to the development of agriculture, stressing that concerted efforts are made to mobilize both human and material resources to develop the sector.

Kadafur said “Towards this end, the state government has procured agricultural inputs such as tractors, chemicals among others. It is believed that it will go a long way in enhancing the productivity of our farmers. Government is therefore poised to ensure that our farmers are assured in nm every way possible to increase productivity ”

He urged famers to make the outmost use by wisely and effectively improving agricultural production in the state, saying “let us work together to harness the potential of our land, so as to increase productivity and to ensure food security for our communities”.

“As we embark on this journey into the rainy session, let us do so with determination and optimism, Let us see the seeds of progress and dedication, we can cultivate a brighter future for all”, he added.

Earlier, the Bormo state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Bawu Musami said Government has accorded top priority to the agricultural sector in this state, last year, on 4 June 2023, Governor Babagana Zulum flagged off the 2023 fertilizer sales and distribution, as well distributed 312 tractors to every 312 wards of the state

Represented by his Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Bulama Gana commended Governor Babagana Zulum for support and Interventions to the agricultural sector

Similarly, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, (IITA), has also handed over 17 metric tons of certified seeds to the Borno state government for onward distribution to farmers in the state.

Presenting the seeds to the Bormo state government, the Chief Party USAID and Principal Analysts IITA, Prakash Silwal said the IITA is donating 17 metric tons of certified seeds to the government for onward distribution to farmers.

“These seeds are locally produced by farmers in Biu, Hawul, Kwaya Kusar and Shani local government areas of the state. The farmers testified that the seeds have produced 7 tonnes of maize per hectare”, he added.

Responding, Acting Governor Hon Umar Kadafur said ” On behalf of Governor Babagana Zulum and the people of Bormo state, I want to acknowledge the received of the seeds and express our gratitude to the IITA.

In his votes of thanks, one of my beneficiaries, Faima Goni thanked the Bormo state government and IITA for the fertilizer and the seeds and assured that the inputs will be put to good use.

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