Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri has flagged-off the distribution of subsidized fertilizers to select vulnerable farmers as part of COVID-19 palliatives, to mitigate its impact on food security. He said the programme, which is in partnership with OCP Africa Fertilizer Limited, reinforces President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to improve the local production of fertilizer in the country in order to enhance productivity and household incomes, target farmers as well as contribute largely to food security in the country.
Speaking at the flag-off at Karshi market, Karshi, Abuja, the minister stated that a similar gesture would be extended to other selected farmers across 11 states, and will cover 50,000 farmers with two bags of subsidized NPK fertilizers each, at N4,500.00 per 50kg bag. He reiterated Buhari’s focus on the agricultural sector.
He said: “You are quite aware that the agricultural sector of the economy is one of the key sectors that Mr. President has accorded a lot of priority attention and enormous responsibilities to, in a bid to pull the country out of poverty through repositioning the sector with all the required support. The ministry has embarked on the expansion of the various sub-sector value chain activities in crops, livestock, fisheries and key priority sectors, such as provision of quality agricultural inputs, particularly fertilizers, seeds, tractors, equipment, implements and agro-chemicals, among others.”
He revealed that the ministry is also paying attention to land and climatic change management, rural infrastructure such as rural roads, water supply, some upstream and downstream activities in agro-processing and value addition. This Day