By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has announced the sale of 1,035 metric tons of fertilizer for the 2022 farming season, to be sold at the subsidized rate of N10,000 per bag .
Engineer Sule held the groundbreaking ceremony at Government House on Tuesday.
The Governor said his administration is committed to ensuring that the agricultural potentials of the state are fully exploited for the overall benefit of the people, noting that the government may not be able to generate enough jobs for the young people in abundance without a viable agricultural sector.
He stressed that his administration will take deliberate measures and develop ways to improve the state’s internal revenue generation.
The governor stressed that during the 2022 agricultural season, his administration will execute projects aimed at improving agricultural development, developing a critical strategy to establish a stable agro-economic society.
According to Engineer Sule, this will be achieved through mechanized agriculture, as well as agro-industries, despite challenges such as banditry, farmer-herder conflicts and insufficient resources.
Considering that Nasarawa State has enormous potentials in the agricultural field, the Governor explained that his administration recently organized the Nasarawa Investment Summit, in order to open up opportunities for the exploration of the abundant mineral resources. , particularly in the agricultural sector.
He disclosed that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with the Maina Rice Company to train our farmers in rice processing and marketing among others.
Engineer Sule added that as part of his administration’s commitment to revolutionize agriculture, the state government has embarked on the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP), tasked responsibility for the construction of rural roads that will allow our many farmers to transport their products to market.
He reiterated that this effort will undoubtedly strengthen the effective transformation of agriculture for the addition of the value chain.
Additionally, as part of its administration’s determination to turn around the agricultural sector, the state government has also entered into an agreement with the Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority to access 500 hectares of land in Doma local government area for rice production in the state.
“This aims to provide job opportunities for our large youth, as well as cushion post-COVID-19 hardships, as well as open up prospects for opportunity and wealth creation through agriculture,” did he declare.
While instructing beneficiaries to ensure judicious use of the commodity to increase their yields, Engineer Sule warned that those dealing with fertilizer sales will be held responsible for any discrepancies in the distribution of fertilizer in their respective domain.
“Coordinators at different levels must ensure the disbursement of sales to the designated bank account, as any diversion will be sanctioned appropriately,” he said.
He further cautioned individuals and groups against buying the product with the intention of selling it to farmers at exorbitant rates.
State Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources, Nuhu Oshafu, in his welcoming remarks, commended Governor Sule for initiating an agricultural policy aimed at improving the productivity of farmers in the state, aimed at increasing and maintain food production.
Oshafu revealed that his ministry has pursued and implemented farmer-friendly policies, including the regular provision of essential agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and agrochemicals to farmers.
In a message of goodwill, the Emir of Lafia and Chairman of the Council of Heads of Nasarawa State, HRH Justice Sidi Bage (rtd), thanked the Governor for committing to a policy that will ensure security food in the state, as well as in the country as a whole.
The Royal Father specifically praised Engineer Sule for starting sales of fertilizers and other agricultural inputs at the right time when farmers in the state will need the intervention, unlike in the past when such activities usually come. late in the season.