From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
Bauchi State Government is to launch an agricultural policy document to ensure smooth agricultural production in the state.
The State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed disclosed this at the official launching of 2019 farming season and sales of fertilizer held at Zaki Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Mohammed who announced the sales of the fertilizer at a cost of five thousand five hundred naira per bag, noted that funds has been released to the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources to provide six thousand metric tons of fertilizer.
He said in order to meet the fertilizer demand of farmers, the Ministry of Agriculture and BASAC has been directed to ensure the availability of the commodities across the twenty local government areas.
The Governor said the sales of the fertilizer was part of the determination of his administration towards the provision of agricultural inputs to farmers in line with his campaign promises.
He said agricultural sector has remained a vibrant sector which has the potentials of providing raw materials to industries and empowerment opportunities to unemployed youth.
Governor Mohammed applauded the peaceful coexistence among farmers and herdsmen in the state and assured of his support to them.
Similarly The governor had during the occasion flagged off the distribution of 3000 units of Knapsack Sprayers to youths.
In a key note address, the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr Bala Lukshi said significant improvement in agricultural productivity and efficiency would no doubt address unemployment and assist towards poverty reduction in the state.