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President Buhari Says Farmers Will Reap Benefits of Our Policies

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerian farmers stand to reap the benefits of his government’s reforms as he continues to accord the highest priority to agriculture, describing it as the country’s largest employer of labour and engine of growth.

At a meeting with Katsina State Elders Forum at the State House in Abuja on Thursday, the President said his administration will continue to take steps to enhance output and productivity by ensuring the availability of cheap agricultural credits, farm inputs, fertilizer and the introduction of latest technologies.

President Buhari said the choice of practicing farmers as ministers in charge of agriculture, first Chief Audu Ogbe and now, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, was a reflection of his strong wish to protect the interest of farmers and the attainment of national food self-sufficiency.

He agreed to look into the request of the Katsina Elders for the expansion of existing irrigation schemes at Zobe and Sabke dams to enhance employment and profitability in agriculture, saying that a situation in which 60 per cent of the state is productive in rain-fed agriculture for three to four months, and idle for the rest of the year was unacceptable.

The President told the meeting that he had charged his ministers of agriculture to work with the states to rediscover the lost animal grazing routes and reserves as a means to ending the frequent outbreak of violence between farmers and herders.

He also pressed the necessity of educating school-age children, saying that once the opportunity of early education is lost, it often turns out very difficult for them to make up.

According to him, “This is the best preparation we can give to them. We destroy their lives by denying children education.”

President Buhari also broached the issue of armed banditry and kidnapping that had bedevilled Katsina and other northwestern states and gave assurances that the situation will be overcome in the same way the farmer-herders attacks were subdued.

The leader the delegation, Alhaji Aliyu Balarabe Saulawa representing the Chairman, Alhaji Ahmadu Kurfi, Maradin Katsina, commended the President for returning peace to most parts of the state and for the various infrastructure projects, including the Kano-Jigawa-Katsina-Maradi rail link.

They welcomed the recent decision by government to elongate the service of teachers and improve their condition of service.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
October 9, 2020

First Batch of 400,000 Farmers to Benefit From The N500 Billion FG Zero-interest Financing Next Week

The first batch of 400,000 farmers are to benefit from the N500 billion Federal Government zero-interest financing project for smallscale farmers under the Agric for Food and Job Plan scheme from next week.

A senior special assistant to the President on Agriculture, Andrew Kwasari told the media in abuja this Tuesday that the project is expected to mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s agricultural sector.

Kwaseri said that trained enumerators have been sent out to identify farmers and their farms to ensure proper targeting of beneficiaries.

FG Agric Loan, 2.4 Million Farmers To Benefit N500 Billion Grant – Minister

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Malam Sabo Nanono, says the Federal Government has set aside N500 billion as grant support to farmers across the country.

Nanono said in Kano on Monday, that no fewer than 2.4 million Farmers are expected to benefit from the grant which has zero interest.

“I want to inform you that we have commenced the registration of farmers in the country, we are going to capture their information, number of farms they have and also their locations.

“Also, any beneficiary will be monitored, because we want to make sure that you utilise the opportunity so that by next year, other people will also be self reliant through you.” He told them.

The Minister announced this on Monday during the flagging up of the 2020 wet season support to adoption of improved production technologies among rice Farmers in kano State, which took place at Tofai community of Gabasawa Local Government Area.

According to the Minister, the gesture was to support farmers in the country to improve their productivity aimed at boosting the country’s agricultural sector.

PRIME TIME NEWS recall that the Agricultural project is under the Agro Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support project (APPEALS).

The minister further commended the APPEALS project for supporting rice Farmers in the state, especially in Gabasawa Local Government Area.

According to him, such will go a long way in boosting the country’s agricultural sector, which is one of the priority of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration.

He also appealed to the beneficiaries to make proper use of the support, which include Urea and NPK fertilizer, varieties of rice seeds, treasure machine among other things.

“if you can make proper use of all these, other people can be employed under you, and whenever another support comes, you will not be forgotten”.

In his remarks, the APPEALS’ Coordinator in Kano, Mr Hassan Ibrahim said the projects is a collaboration between the World Bank, Federal Government and the six benefiting states, including Kano.

According to him, no fewer than 100 Farmers across six rice production groups in Gabasawa Local Government Area will benefit.

He said that the support was to complement the Federal Government policy on agriculture, which include promoting food security, improving farmer’s production and also increasing exportation.

“The APPEALS Project in Nigeria is to enhance agricultural Productivity of small and medium farmers and improve value chains in the six participating states.

“The participating states including Kano, Kaduna, Cross Rivers, Enugu, Lagos and Kogi.” Hassan said.

Hasaan added that 480 tons of rice is expected to be produced by the 100 farmers across 120 hectares of land.

Speaking on behalf of the farmers, the Kano State Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Zubairu Ibrahim commended the gesture.

He further assured that the association will do everything possible to see that the beneficiaries utilise the opportunity.

FG: First Batch of 400,000 farmers to get N500 billion interest-free loans

The first batch of 400,000 farmers are to benefit from the N500 billion Federal Government zero-interest financing project for smallscale farmers under the Agric for Food and Job Plan scheme from next week.

A senior special assistant to the President on Agriculture, Andrew Kwasari told the media in abuja this Tuesday.

The project is expected to mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s agricultural sector.

Kwaseri said that trained enumerators have been sent out to identify farmers and their farms to ensure proper targeting of beneficiaries.

He explained that the scheme would improve crop yields per hectare as well as link farmers to markets for off-take throughout-grower scheme.

The President’s Special Assistant on Agriculture added that the scheme targets 2.5 million Small-holder Farmers across the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT.

They are to produce 10 million tonnes of food which include cropping, animal husbandry, fisheries, and horticulture among others within the next 12 months.