2.5 Million Farmers In North-East Zone Registered For Benefits From FG

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There were 2.5 mln farmers registered by Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in North-East Zone as a part of measures aimed to leverage the Agricultural transformation agenda of Nigeria.

Nigerian farmers working on cropsAccording to Alhaji Arabi Mohammed, Regional Director of the ministry, in North East, this was disclosed at the regional meeting of state directors in Jalingo.

As Mohammed claimed, over 1.5 million already got a share of 215,000 tons of fertilizers, that were earlier distributed by the ministry. Moreover, over 13,000 tons of seeds were also distributed among farmers.

All the benefits provided to the farmers followed 2.5% counterpart funds that were input by heads of each of the 6 states in this zone.

Mohammed mentioned that over 13,000 hectares of farm lands in this area were cultivated by farmers under dry season farming.

He also noted that lands in this region were good for the cultures like rice, wheat, maize and groundnut.

The director also rushed to urge the youth in the region to participate in and benefit from the programs launched by the ministry.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Isa Musa, said in Taraba that the state already embraced the

Agricultural Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
remarkable achievement in the state during the last year redemption exercise.

“This system has eliminated middlemen in the process of fertiliser distribution thereby allowing inputs to reach the target farmers directly.

“It is my prayer that it will be sustained,” Mohammed said.

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