Bauchi earmarks N300m for agricultural inputs, stores
From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
Bauchi State governor, Alhaji Bala Muhammad Abdulkadir has earmarked N300 million for the procurement of agricultural inputs and rehabilitation of stores as part of government effort to ensure bumper harvest in 2020 wet season.
The state Commissioner of Agriculture, Pharm. Samaila Adamu Burga and the General Manager of the State Agricultural Company (BASAC), Alhaji Ibrahim Yusha’u Isah stated this while interacting with reporters in Bauchi, recently.
They said out of the money N200 million was used to procure seeds, herbicides, insecticides, chemicals, fungicides, knapsacks, sprayers and other inputs that would help farmers to get bumper harvest.
Burga said Governor Muhammad, in his desire to make agriculture a driven economy in the state, accorded top priority to
Agriculture, adding that he took appropriate measures to ensure food security in the state, by providing all the necessary support that helps the ministry to make available all that farmers needed in the state.
“Governor Bala rehabilitated BASAC and makes it to serve the purpose it was created after it suffered neglects for decades from the previous administration, for that all agricultural input procured were stored in BASAC Stores in the 20 Local Government Areas to the state to enable the company take it to the door steps of the
Farmers,” said he.
The General Manager said they have hybrid maize seeds, quality protein maize for diabetic patients, seeds, beans, rice, soya beans, sorghum, millet and all that are needed by farmers as part of effort to get bumper harvest in the state.
Yusha’u said the sum of N100 million was earmarked for the rebuilding and rehabilitation of all inherited stores that were dilapidated due to neglect by the previous administration, a brand new store would be built in Bununu, advising farmers to visit nearest offices of the company and contact agricultural experts for advice and to acquire the materials at subsidized rates.