From Rashidat AbdulRahman, Minna
Niger state Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the transforming agricultural sector as it commenced phase ll distribution of agricultural inputs and work tools to farmers in the state.
The Governor, Muhammed Umaru Bago stated this through his Deputy, Comrade Yakubu Garba at the flag off of the 2024 agricultural input and assets distribution to farmers under N- cares held at the polo ground, Minna on Tuesday.
The Governor explained that agriculture is the backbone of the state’s economy, providing sustenance and livelihoods for the majority of the population.
“Our administration is dedicated to implementing strategic intervention that will empower our farmer enhance agricultural productivity and guarantee food security,” he said.
He added that “this initiative is not just about distributing materials, it is about distributing materials it is empowering you to create a sustainable and prosperous future”.
Umaru Bago then urged all the beneficiaries to believe in the transformative power of providing support where needed, while urging them to optimal utilization of these resources incorporating modern techniques and best practice into their farming operations.
Earlier, The Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development Musa Salihu Bawa Bosso said that this project is aimed at protecting livelihoods as well as ensuring food security of poor and vulnerable families, thereby helping to facilitate recovery of local economic activities across the entire State as over 10,000 people will benefit .
The commissioner noted that the distribution of Agricultural Inputs and Assets to the beneficiaries of Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (N – CARES) has the objective of Increasing Food Security and Safe Functioning of Food Supply Chains.
Speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries, Yahaya Ali Fulani appreciated the gesture extended by the government to the farmers, while assuring of a judicious use of the farm inputs.