In a bid to boost agricultural produce and food security in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), about one thousand eight hundred (1,800) bags of fertilizer have been distributed to farmers in the territory.
The items distribution exercise was launched by the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, Mr. Abdullahi Adamu Candido in the nation’s capital Abuja.
The Council Chairman stated that three trailer loads of 1,200 bags of NPK and 600 bags of urea fertilizers have been procured for free distribution to farmers across the twelve political wards of the council, so as to boost their crops yield this farming season.
Speaking while officially flagging off the distribution of the crop stimulant in Apo, the AMAC Chairman, Abdullahi Candido, said that fertilizers importance to farmers cannot be over emphasised, as it is the essential input that helps farmers boost their crop production.
He noted that encouraging farming activities must be intensified.
According to him, the council prior to the commencement of 2017 farming season in April, had earlier started subsidized AMAC tractor hiring service in February.
He added that, selected councilors, political appointees, community chiefs and Sarkin Nomas as well as ward chairmen of All Progressives Congress (APC)- one from each of the 12 political wards will form part of the committee to share the fertilizers to the farmers.
The Chairman warned stakeholders against exploiting farmers by hoarding or selling the items given free of charge.
Meanwhile, a cross section of farmers who expressed their appreciation for the gesture, equally appealed to the council to intervene in the area of proffering solution to reoccurring problems of insects and herdsmen bedeviling farming activities.