The Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) is working to improve agricultural practices in the council with a view to guaranteeing food security, create jobs and helping the government save the foreign exchange that was hitherto expended on food imports.
AMAC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu Candido stated this during the flagging off 2018 farming season by the FCT Administration in the nation’s capital.
Candido noted that the council has since keyed into the President Buhari’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), through the agriculture.
He also disclosed that the council has procure two thousand four bags of fertilizer and other farm inputs to be distributed to the farmers free of charge within the council.
Candido further said that, plan are under way towards providing additional one thousand two hundred bags of fertilizer apart from earlier one with the aim to record bumper harvest within the council, FCT administration and Nigeria at large.
The AMAC Chairman who called on the residents to keep on supporting President Buhari agriculture policy also urged them to support the Presidnt’s second term bid in 2019 for him to consolidate on the gains he has already recorded in agriculture.
Also speaking at the event, a member of the National Assembly representing AMAC/BWARI constituency, Hon. Zephaniah Jisalo pledged to support and sponsor any bill that would aid agricultural practice in the territory.
He added that agriculture is the source of livelihood to the people of Abuja and its environs.
Jisalo therefore enjoined the farmers to make judicious use of tools given to them by the council or the FCT administration to record bumper harvest this year and also to complement the economy diversification policy of the Federal Government.