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FG donates fertilizers to Kogi farmers

Federal Government fertilizers at Felele warehouse handed over to Kogi State government by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq

The Federal Government has donated fertilizers to Kogi state government for onward distribution to farmers affected by flood.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, who handed over the fertilizers also spot checked the disbursement of two months Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT approved by President, Muhammadu Buhari under the Emergency Agricultural Intervention Programme for farmers affected by conflicts and flood in 2018 and the National Social Investment Programme, NSIP.

This is contained in a statement, by the Deputy Director Press of the Ministry Rhoda Iliya.

“The total quantity of NPK fertilizers required after verification of the farmers is 114, 315 bags of 50 kg: 54,900 bags were delivered to the State. From the quantity delivered, 35, 097 bags were distributed to farmers in five Local Government Areas including Kogi (Koton Karfe), Ajaokuta, Igalamela-Odolu, Omala and Ibaji. Starting from today, 19, 803 bags of fertilizers will be distributed to farmers in Ofu and Lokoja Local Government Areas. The balance of 59, 415 bags being processed by the blending plants will be delivered as soon as it is ready.

“It is worthy of note that fertilizer distribution is the final phase of Federal Government assistance to the farmers to enable them recover from the losses suffered in order to alleviate poverty and empower them. May I therefore use this opportunity to appeal to the beneficiaries to make the best use of the fertilizer”.

The Minister noted that Kogi State is an agrarian State with the citizens largely engaged in farming activities. The frequent occurrence of flood has continued to threaten this potential.

“The Yearly Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) released by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency on 24th January, 2020 and the Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) released by the Hydrological Services Agency, have forecasted that in Kogi State, the highly probable flood risk in 2020 will include Bassa, Dekina, Lokoja, Omala local Government Areas; While the probable flood risk areas are Idah, Igalamela-Odolu, Koton-karfe, Ajaokuta, Ofu, Adavi Local Government Areas.

The Minister called on the State Government to take proactive measures towards addressing the issues, adding that the Ministry had taken note of the year’s Prediction and is working with stakeholders to mitigate the possible effect of such flooding.

Farouq also inspected the disbursement of two months cycle of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) for the Months of May and June to 62,129 beneficiaries across the State.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Alhaji Sabo Nanono, on the ocassion handed over farm inputs including cashew seeds, soybeans, sesame seeds and agrochemicals to the State Government for distribution to farmers.

Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Chief David Edward Onoja, appreciated the Kind gesture of the Federal Government for supporting the farmers in the state with farm inputs and fertilizers which he said would go a long way to boost agriculture and alleviate poverty.

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