by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
About 2,500 bags of fertilizer have been distributed by a Member Representing Darazo/Ganjuwa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State, Hon Mansur Manu Soro.
According to him, “The intervention in the agricultural sector is key to food production and security.” He was speaking when he flagged-off distribution of 2,500 bags of assorted fertilizers to farmers in his Federal Constituency, considering the high cost of the commodity in the market.
During the distribution, which was held at Sade Town, Darazo Local Government Area, Hon Mansur Soro explained that the fertilizers are given out free-of-charge to the people, particularly the peasants, among them who cannot afford to buy the commodity.
The Member stressed that a Standing Committee is currently going from ward-to-ward to ensure that all the selected beneficiaries from the 22 Electoral Wards in the Darazo/Ganjuwa Federal Constituency received the commodity.
“The intervention is aimed at supporting food production and economic development. Darazo/Ganjuwa Federal Constituency is a rural constituency where 95 percent of its population is farmers.
“It becomes imperative upon us to take deliberate steps to intervene in this most critical sector of the economy. The intervention would be a continuous process because my constituents are predominantly farmers in agrarian community, which deserves support to boost food production not only in the area but the country at large,” he noted.
“We started this intervention in 2021 with the provision of a tractor, 2,500 bags of fertilizers, 1,000 pumping machines and spraying machines,” he explained.
He further stated that, they have subsequently done it in 2022 and current year 2023. “Insha Allah, we shall do it again, perhaps in a very bigger way, in 2024. It has become incumbent upon us to sustain this.”
Speaking also, the District Head of Sade, Malam Musa Isah Ibrahim, described the gesture as timely and crucial, particularly with the current austere economic hardship associated with the hike of pump price of fuel that placed ordinary people in a difficult condition, which prevents many farmers the opportunity to buy the fertilizer in the market.
While thanking the lawmaker for the intervention and other continued support to the people in his domain, he added that the free fertilizer is a “saving grace” not only to the farmers but also to the 25 village heads under the district that benefited from the gesture.
Beneficiaries of the free fertilizer are farmers drawn from traditional rulers, religious leaders, women and youth groups, road transport workers and motorcycle groups as well as politicians.