The Federal Government has launched the sales of farm inputs for this year’s dry season farming in Nasarawa State.
Speaking at the event in Lafia, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Nanono, said the initiative was part of the effort towards harnessing the agriculture sector for economic growth.
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“200 dry season rice farmers in the state were to benefit from the intervention, which includes assorted fertilizers, herbicides and rice seeds,” he said.
The minister was represented by a Director in the Ministry, Hajiya Karima Babangida emphasised that the intervention was a deliberate effort aimed at checking food scarcity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On his part, Governor Abdullahi Sule noted that the state government would continue to take advantage of the rich agricultural endowment in the state to strengthen collaboration with the Agro-Allied private sector to reduce unemployment.
He said that the farmers in the state should make good use of the opportunity to for Nigerians to feed the nation.
A beneficiary and chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria, (AFAN) in the state, Mr Samuel Meshi commended the federal government for the farm inputs and stressed the need for adequate security especially in the rural areas to allow farming activities to thrive in the state.