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FCTA Procures Agro Inputs Worth N2b For Food Security

The Federal Capital Territory Administration says it has expended over two billion naira on fertilizers and farm inputs alone in 2022 towards enhancing food security in the territory.

Mandate Secretary, FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim, made this known while giving the score card of his achievements during the 2022 end of Year media briefing in Abuja.

He explained that this was part of efforts to ensure that Nigerians grow, consume and also export what they produce.

To achieve this target, Mallam Ibrahim said the Secretariat had trained farmers on dry season farming anf proper use of chemicals and methods.

He also said the Secretariat would continue to synergize with the private sector and other well meaning organizations to impart in farmers, modern farming practices that will not only enhance quantity but the quality of farm produce to meet global required standards.

On tackling emerging environmental issues and soil degradation, Mallam Ibrahim said the Secretariat had organized a sensitization against bush burning, unauthorized logging and improper use of Agro chemicals on land and water bodies.

To boast fishery production in the territory, the Agriculture Boss said the FCTA had spent 62 million naira on provision of assorted fishery inputs, cold storage facilities and fingerlings which were distributed to FCT fish farmers at 50 percent subsidy.

“In our bid to further bridge the gap between fish demand and supply, we have trained well over 2,600 fish farmers and cooperative groups in the use of locally available resources for feed production.

The Secretary further emphasized that there was no going back on the proposed plan to clampdown unregistered Veterinary service centres within the territory to curb quacks in the sector.

According to him, ” in a matter of days, the enforcement team will be deployed to shutdown all unregistered Veterinary facilities… the Committee is set to begin enforcement on 15th December, 2022 and it is mandated to close down facilities that are unregistered and fail to comply with regulatory guidelines “.

To promote healthy meat consumption, Mallam Ibrahim said approval had been granted for the establishment of additional four abattoir’s in the territory.

By Remi Johnson,Edited by Grace Namiji

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