From Raji Bello, Sokoto
The Federal Government is committed to eradicate and control the menace of quelea birds and other insects, which cause a lot of damage to the farm crops in the country.
The Zonal Pest Control Officer in-charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development, Mr. Jude Omoregbee disclosed this during the flag-off ceremony of aerial spray on quelea birds in Bakalori Irritation Project, Talatan-Mafara in Zamfara state.
He described the quelea birds as a threat to farmers in the area, adding that the federal government has put up the programme so as to further boost food production.
“This spray exercise is one of the efforts of the federal government to eradicate the menace caused by the destructive birds in our farmlands,” he explained.
In his address, the Zamfara state governor, Alhaji AbdulAzizi Yari Abubakar, who was represented by the state commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Idris Mohammed Kata commended the federal government for the timely intervention.
“It is my conviction that pre-harvest and post-harvest programmes will go a long way to boost agricultural production not only for the farming population at Bakalori Irrigation Scheme, but also to contribute towards the realisation of the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda,” the governor said.
Speaking on the mode of operation, the contractor handling the spray exercise, Captain Ibrahim Mshella said the spraying operation comprises of three sets of crews in order to be more effective. “We are using an aircraft with two engines so that we can be able to fly low to target the destructive birds.”