by Juliana Katung, Kaduna
The Joint Technical Task Team on Emergency Response on COVID-19 has said that farmers are free to move their food and agricultural inputs across all parts of Kaduna state without any hindrance.
The state chairman of the team, who is Commissioner of Police Kaduna state, Umar Musa Muri, stated this when he led members of the Joint Technical Task Team on a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Home Affairs and Internal Security, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, in his office at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna.
He explained that the committee was inaugurated on 7th May by the directive of the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture nationwide, in order to ensure free movement of agricultural goods.
Umar Muri explained that the courtesy visit was to formally inform the state government of the existence of the committee and to solicit for partnership, in order to boost movement of agricultural goods in the state.
He further explained that the committee was replicated at the twenty-three local government areas of Kaduna State as directed by the Federal Government.
Responding, the Commissioner for Home Affairs and Internal Security, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, explained that already the government has declared farmers as among the essential services during the lockdown.
He also said the government was committed to ensure farmers got fertilizer for this farming season on time, in order to boost the agricultural products in the state.
Mr. Aruwan gave assurance of government’s support to the committee, in order to ensure free movement of agricultural inputs, foods and livestock in the state.