by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
About N300 million has been earmarked for procurement of agricultural inputs and rehabilitation of stores as part of government’s effort to ensure bumper harvest in 2020 wet season by the Bauchi state government.
Disclosing this by the state commissioner of agriculture, Pharm. Samaila Adamu Burga, and General Manager of the State Agricultural Company (BASAC), Alhaji Ibrahim Yusha’u Isah, both officers stated this, while interacting with reporters in Bauchi, recently.
According to them, out of the money N200 million was used to procure seeds, herbicides, insecticides, chemicals, fungicides, knapsacks, sprayers and other inputs that would help farmers to achieve bumper harvest.
The agric commissioner noted that, the desire of Governor Muhammad Abdulkadir is to make agriculture a “driven economy” in the state, and accorded top priority to agriculture.
He said he took appropriate measures to ensure food security in the state by providing all the necessary support that helps the ministry to make available all that farmers needed in the state.
He reiterated that, the governor had rehabilitated BASAC and makes it to serve the purpose it was created for, after it suffered neglects for decades from the previous administration. For that, he said, all agricultural input procured were stored in BASAC Stores in the 20 local government areas of the state to enable the company take it to the door steps of the farmers.
In his own contribution, the General Manager said they have hybrid maize seeds, quality protein maize for diabetic patients, seeds, beans, rice, soya-beans, sorghum, millet and all that are needed by farmers as part of efforts to get bumper harvest in the state.
The BASAC GM, Alhaji Yusha’u, noted that, “The sum of N100 million was earmarked for the rebuilding and rehabilitation of all inherited stores that were dilapidated due to neglect by the previous administration. A brand new store would be built in Bununu,” he said, and urged farmers to visit nearest offices of the company and contact agricultural experts for advice and to acquire the materials at subsidized rates.