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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.

Headers’ Group Call On Bauchi State Governor To Check Sales of Cattle Routes By Authorities In Shira LG

Headers group named Zaman Lafiya Unity Forum call on the Governor Bala Mohammed to urgently tackle the issue of sales of Cattle Routes in Shira Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The group through a letter addressed to the Bauchi State Governor, dated 6th July, 2020, by its lawyer, Barr S. G Idrees, reads in part thus:

“Your Excellency, it is a known fact that there are Cattle Routes (Labi or Burtali) which runs from somewhere around Potiskum, Gamawa, Shira, Ningi, Bauchi, Toro, Jos and beyound. And that is the case in all the parts of Nigeria, which have being accessible for the transportation if cattle for ages, but the story is becoming history as some traditional title holders have being using their position and are making huge money from the sales and lease of the cattle route to farmers for farming purpose whuch ia antithetical to the reason for its establishment in the first place.”

The group continued that:

“We have heard reliably that after series of complaint to authority that Shira Local Government is now resorting into leasing out the land to farmers for a fee, ignoring the fact that the users of this cattle routes are not necessarily farmers and most of them are not settlers, as such, they may clash with farmers whenever their cattle came in contact with crops on the Cattle Routes, as no alternative routes were created or provided for them.

Sir, these types of bad practices if allowed to fester, will soon deprived us of the fragile peace we are enjoying at the moment, as this practice is just like setting up a time bomb left to explore at an unexpected time. “

“Your Excellency, our client has previously attempted at trying to find a lasting solution of the issue through the Local Government Council, but it appeared to them that the persons involved which includes the Dagacin Tsafi Umaru Abdulmalik (Late), Sarkin Zainabari (Bello Murabus), Ya’u Teka and Asga Nagalabu, and the Local Government as demonstrated by the Deputy Chairman if the Shira LGA.” The group’s lawyer said.

They concluded by appealing to the Governor to used his office and take necessary steps to avert calamity. And urge him to treat the complaint with dispatch.

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.

Economic Recovery: CBN to Launch Non-interest Loan For Farmers

The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, on Thursday hinted of plans to integrate non-interest loan window in all its intervention programmes, particularly the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) and the Targeted Credit Facility (TCF) for households and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic This is even as it said it budgeted N432 billion to support about 1.1 million farmers in the 2020 wet season farming under its Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP).

CBN earmarks N432bn for farmers in 2020 N50bn loan: CBN waives guarantor requirement for SMEs, households. The Bank’s Director, Development Finance Department, Yila Yusuf, made these disclosures at a stakeholders’ meeting held in Abuja to review the successes recorded so far under the ABP and the strategies for the 2020 agricultural wet season. Yusuf, who represented the apex bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, at the forum, said:

“We are advancing N432 billon, through the banks, to the famers in the 2020 wet season across nine different commodities. The commodities are rice, maize, cotton, oil palm, and cowpea. We are also doing livestock, they are: poultry and fish.”

While projecting that the impact of the investment will be phenomenal, the development finance expert pointed out that the 2020 wet season support represented the largest Anchor Borrowers Programme the bank will be doing since 2015 when the programme was launched. According to him, the bank is targeting over 1.1 million farmers, farming over 1 million hectares of land as well as a combined output of over nine different commodities of 8.32 million metric tonnes.

” Yusuf projected that the intervention should create about five million jobs down the agro-commodities value chains. On the planned non-interest loans, he said “the CBN Governor has directed we create a non interest window especially for the North West and the North East. We have received several correspondents from concerned citizens especially on the CIVID-19 funds. In the weeks to come, we will announce a policy on the non-interest loans” he stated.

In his remarks, the apex bank’s Director, Corporate Communications Department, Isaac Okorafor, said the bank in the 2020 agricultural wet season, was committed to aggressively fund its agricultural programmes and spur farmers along select crop value chains to prevent food insecurity in the country. On the Targeted Credit Facility (TCF) of the Bank which aims at alleviating the impact of the corona virus on individuals and small businesses, he restated the bank’s commitment to its disbursement to stimulate Nigeria’s speedy economic recovery. Related CBN earmarks N432bn for farmers in 2020 CBN to fund 1.6m farmers for wet season operations Anchor Borrowers: CBN to empower 11,250 wet season farmers in Adamawa

FOOD SECURITY: Kwara State subsidises tractors to farmers


The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kwara State, Mr. Rafiu Ajakaye, today 9th June, 2020, in a statement said the Kwara State Government has flagged off the distribution of tractors to farmers at subsidised rates as part of its strategies to strengthen large scale farming, boost food security, and lessen poverty rate in the state.

The government is deploying no less than 50 tractors for distribution to farmers at N10,000 per hectare of land — about N6,000 less than the market cost of hiring the machinery from private firms.

AbdulQowiy Olododo, Technical Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, told reporters at the weekend at a flag off ceremony in Lafiagi that the distribution is taking place under the government’s “Tractorization Subsidy Scheme” to boost food production in the state.

“This is the first phase of our interventions to the farmers and we will move from tractorization to supplying input to the farmers – seeds and fertilisers – to boost yields,” Olododo said in Lafiagi where eight tractors were deployed to farmers in Edu local government area of the state.

“This is in fulfilment of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s electoral promise to support local farmers in the state. Secondly, we took this step because we are envisaging that there could be food shortage as a result of ravaging COVID-19. So, this is one of the ways we think we can upscale food production in Kwara State.”

Olododo said the initiative is to support both the subsistence and commercial farmers in Kwara State to boost their production for this season at heavily subsidised rate of N10,000 per hectare each for ploughing, ridging and harrowing.

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Job Creation, Alhassan Aliyu, for his part, disclosed that 50 tractors had been acquired by the government for distribution to all local government areas based on request.

On her part, a member of the state Task Force on the Implementation of the Tractorization Subsidy Scheme and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals, Dr Jamila Bio-Ibrahim, said the scheme was in line with Goal Two of the SDGs which is eradicating hunger, improve nutrition, and food security and at the same time promote sustainable agriculture in the state.

“Agricultural mechanisation will improve yields, address nutrition issues and food security in the state,” she said.

Bio-Ibrahim urged the farmers to take advantage of the subsided tractors to improve yields so as to encourage the government to do more.

Muhammad Shaaba Lafiagi, a farmer in Lafiagi, thanked the state government for the initiative, saying the tractors would improve their production this year.

“It’s been a very long time we got such support from the state government. This will help us greatly and bring development. We are optimistic that we will get more support from the government,” said Shaaba Lafiagi.

The scheme had earlier kickstarted in Moro local government, and is to be launched in Kwara South and Kwara Central in the next few days.

This comes barely two weeks after Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Adenike Afolabi-Oshatimehin flagged off the 2020 planting season during which the government offered technical supports to local farmers in the state.

The Farmers admitted that in their words, “It’s been long we got such support”. This is in keeping with the government agricultural policy.

Food Security: Gov. Zulum In Dikwa COMMUNITIES To unveil initiative for farmers

Food Security: Gov. Zulum In Dikwa Communities To Unveil Initiatives For Farmers.

A recent report shows that Gov. Zulum is trying to prepare farmers ahead of upcoming rainy season, Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum (Professor), on Tuesday 2nd June, 2020 criss-crossed farming communities in Dikwa local government area.

The Governor drove through the thick forest, from Kala Balge via Ngala-Marte to Dikwa.

Zulum’s trip to the agrarian communities was to explore how farming activities can be restored in other to create livelihoods for settlers.

Zulum in Dikwa, announced what he called uptakers initiatives, through which thousands of farmers in the state will be supported. He stressed that the initiative will encourage farmers to go back to their farmlands. This is to enable an improved food security in the state.

“The State Government has made arrangements ahead this raining season. Farmers shall be provided with agricultural inputs, we have an arrangement we call “uptakers”, under which all verified farmers in the resettled communities shall be supported.” Zulum said.

To achieve this objectives, Governor Zulum has constituted a committee headed by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Engr. Bukar Talba. This is to ensure farming activities are carried out across the state.

“You have seen that the agricultural potentials of Borno State is unimaginary, very vast, fertile land. From Mafa up to Kala Balge, that’s about 200km. What we intend to do is to utilise this land that were left in the last one decade.”

“This administration has constituted a committee under the Chairmanship of the Commissioner of Agriculture, to cultivate thousands of hectares of land this year. This is to make the state food sufficient, the major crops we intend to plant are; Rice, Sesame, cowpea and sorghum. To meet up to the demands of food supplies in the state.” Zulum said.

Also in Dikwa, Zulum assessed the destruction of Government Teachers College, Dikwa. The Governor after assessing the facility, directed the ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement to immediately send a technical team to determine the extent of damage.

“Commissioner of RRR (reconciliation, rehabilitation and resettlement), liaise with the ministry of education. Send a technical team to this school to exermine the extent of damage in the school, those that can be renovated and those that cannot be renovated. Make sure you make adequate evaluation, including the parameter fencing.” Zulum said.

Meanwhile, Zulum on his way back to Maiduguri stopped over at Ajiri, a community in Mafa Local Government Area.

The Governor, inspected an estate of 500 houses built to resettle communities displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Governor Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, Borno State, Nigeria.

The Governor has also paid a homage to the Shehu of Dikwa, Muhammad Ibn Masta II, at his palace.