To track the activities of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), AgroNigeria started the #TrackYourMinister Weekly Briefing. Here is our coverage of the ministry this week.
Agric Ministry to Join Forces with the Nigerian Army on Food Security
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has revealed its intention to partner with the Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches Limited (NAFARLS) to boost agribusiness development.
NAFARLS, the agribusiness wing of the Nigerian Army, was established to help build Nigeria’s agriculture economy.
The proposed collaboration was disclosed by the Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, who revealed in a statement that the synergy would reinforce the ministry’s drive towards achieving sustained food self-sufficiency.
FG Starts Aerial Fumigation in Sokoto, Zamfara to Control Quelea birds, Other Pests
The Federal Government has commenced the aerial spraying of pesticides in Sokoto and Zamfara States to control quelea birds and other destructive pests.
Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, flagged off the exercise at the Bakolori Irrigation Farm in Bakura Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara.
Matawalle, who was represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Aminu Suleiman, noted that the step would help to boost local food production and prevent losses in this year’s dry season farming.
The governor noted that lack of water and control of migratory birds were the bane of dry season food production in the state.
Speaking during the exercise, Zonal Director of the Department of Pest Control in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Ya’u Makeri, called for increased support from the state government.
Makeri, who manages Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara States for FMARD, noted that collaboration between federal and state governments would help to increase capacity to assist farmers in eliminating destructive pests from their farms
COVID-19: FG Supports Oyo with Agric Inputs, Calls for Synergy to Tackle Pandemic
The Federal Government has called for increased partnership with the government and other critical stakeholders to tackle the impacts of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on Nigeria’s food security.
Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, made the call on Wednesday in Ibadan, Oyo State during a ceremony to flag-off the distribution of agricultural inputs to Nigerian farmers.
Shehuri noted that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) was supporting breeder and foundation seeds production through a partnership with private seed companies to make certified seeds available to farmers for improved yield.
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