NEDC to distribute farm inputs to Borno farmers
The North-East Development Commission (NEDC) is to distribute hybrid seeds and farm inputs to farmers in Borno State.The inputs to be distributed include 1,500 bags each of fertiliser, rice seeds, fungicides and 465 cartons of herbicides.
While launching the distribution on Monday in Maiduguri, NEDC’s Managing Director, Mohammed Alkali, disclosed that agriculture had the potential of creating more wealth and job opportunities.
According to him, the commission would commence the implementation of an integrated agricultural programme in the 2021 farming season.
He said farm machineries and other agricultural equipment were being provided to boost capacities of smallholder farmers in the state. Other farm inputs to be distributed include 250 sachets of Chile pepper seeds to increase farm yields.
On farmers’ sustenance of productivity, he said: “The commission is developing a robust master plan tagged, ‘North-East Stabilisation and Development Master Plan’,” noting that as some states developed their respective development plans on peculiar and development needs, NEDC would integrate the various plans of the six states.
According to him, the integration was to produce a fully harmonised regional master plan for the north-east.
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