The fight against the invasion of quelea birds and other insects affecting food production in Sokoto State has received a boost as the state government has reiterated its commitment to complement the Federal Government’s efforts so as to achieve success.
Commissioner for Agriculture in the state, Alhaji Muhammadu Arzika Tureta, said at the flagging off ceremony of aerial spray exercise of queala birds for this year’s dry season farming, the havoc caused by the birds on farmlands was enormous and required a united front against the menace.
The commissioner, therefore, assured that he would facilitate the state government’s contribution towards the success of the programme through the state governor.
He commended the minister for the support and promised the state government’s readiness to complement President Goodluck Jonathan’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda.
The Zonal Pest Control Officer in-charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Mr Jude Omoregbee, said the exercise was sponsored by the Federal Government.
The state Director, Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Jubrin Audu Enessey, said on the occasion that the exercise was in response to the promise made by the minister to control the queala birds menace twice a year nationwide.
He added that the number of farmers affected by birds prompted the Federal Government to take such adequate measures and urged the affected states to always stick to the schedule time of the exercise in order to get timely result. [SOURCE: TRIBUNE]
Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State on Friday in Kasarawa village, Wamakko local government of Sokoto State, launched the distribution to farmers 1,000 tiller machines purchased by the state government.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that Amaechi began a two-day official visit to Sokoto State on Wednesday.
Speaking at the event, he said that the only plausible solution to most of the problems of Nigeria was “heavy” investment in agriculture.
” It creates employment for skilled workers, hence makes them to be engaged productively.”
He appealed to the beneficiaries to utilise the machines properly, to boost food production and food security.
Amaechi further urged that leaders desist from dividing Nigerians using religion.
The governor advocated the reduction of the existing wide gap between the rich and the poor in Nigeria.
” This is absolutely necessary to ensure even socio-economic development, unity, peace and prosperity,” he added.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, said that the machines would empower farmers and enhance their productivity.
” Most of the rural dwellers in the state and Nigeria in general, are farmers and they need to be assisted with such tools.
“Farmers should be further encouraged and assisted to keep on producing food for the nation and for export.
” A hungry man is an angry man and most of the violence and insecurity in Nigeria is due to hunger,” Abubakar said.
The sultan thanked Amaechi for the visit, which he said would strengthen the bonds of peace, unity and understanding among Nigerians.
Gov. Aliyu Wamakko, in his speech, maintained that agriculture is the occupation of over 90 per cent of the people of the state and Nigeria in general.
” The gesture is to encourage the people to farm and live happy as well as be peaceful.
” The economy of the nation should be diversified to avoid the unpalatable consequences of total dependence on oil revenue.”
He further underscored the importance of food to mankind, saying: “With food all other sundry needs can follow.”
The Agriculture Commissioner, Alhaji Arzika Tureta said that the tiller machines were aimed at mechanising the agricultural sector in the state. ( NAN)