GOVERNOR of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has stated that control of migratory pests that attack and destroy cereals, particularly rice, millet, and wheat, is meant to prevent loss of the crops.

According to him, the measure is in line with the federal and state governments’ policy of agricultural transformation aimed at boosting production for food security and economic stability.

The governor represented by his deputy, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, made the statement yesterday, while flagging-off the national trans-boundary aerial pest control exercise held at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.

“Control of Quelea birds results in an increase in yield of many crops per hectare and quantity of various agricultural produce we export as well as ensure safer and higher productivity,” Ganduje said.

He appreciated the efforts of the federal government for conducting aerial operations against the migratory birds in eight local governments of the state namely: Bagwai, Bebeji, Bunkure, Garun Mallam, Kura, Makoda, Rano, and Warawa in recent years.

Ganduje, however, advised the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to provide nets to the farmers, destroy roosting sites, and ensure the use of resistant varieties of the affected crops.

In his remarks, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Alhaji Sabo Nanono, explained that the 2020 dry season control of migratory pests is commencing in 12 frontline states due to the threat the cereal production is facing over the years.

“Due to the destructive effects of these pests especially on cereal crops, the federal government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been inundated with requests by state governments to carry out speedily targeted aerial and ground control operation against the pests in order to salvage the expected rice bumper harvest,” Nanono said.