The North East Development Commission (NEDC), has donated some farm inputs which include rice seedlings, fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and others to small scale farmers in Bauchi State in order to enhance the production capacity of small scale farmers and improve their livelihood in the state.
Speaking during the distribution of the items in Bauchi, the Managing Director of the commission, Mohammed Alkali, said that the distribution of the items was a modest indication of thep Commission’s resolve to begin impactful interventions in the Agriculture sector.
Due to the importance of Agriculture as the mainstay of our economy in the North East, the Commission is rolling out its integrated Agriculture programmes involving the provision of Agricultural machinery and equipment, seeds, fertilizers, agro-chemicals and other logistics, to enhance the production capacity of smallholder farmers in the North East and enable them improve their livelihood.
The items are: 1,500 bags of improved rice seeds, 4,500 bags of fertilizer, 315 bottles of herbicides, 150 bottles of fungicides and 1,500 bottles of mancozeb,” he said.
The Commission also donated 24,000 face masks and other personal protective items to schools and other organisations in Bauchi State, so as to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, especially, in the midst of the second wave of the virus.
Other items donated to schools, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Army included hand sanitizer and thermometers.
The Managing Director said that the gesture was in line with the commission’s commitment to compliment government effort to curb the spread of the pandemic.
In his response, Gov. Bala Mohammed who lauded the NEDC for the gesture, adding that the improved rice seedlings given to the farmers would impact on farm productions
He pleaded with the Commission to help the state government in the training of extension workers so that the farmers would be more sensitized.