By Ruth Oketunde
Mr Abdullahi Candido, the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) on Thursday, distributed free fertiliser to farmers in the 12 wards of the area council.
Candido, while inaugurating the 2021 Farming Season with the theme; “Creating Wealth Through Agriculture”, said the distribution was aimed at encouraging farmers within the area council.
He said that the effort was to further improve their crop yields, income and livelihoods of thousands of people.
Candido added that to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s agricultural initiatives, it was important to deploy greater efforts at supporting agriculture in the country.
He added that encouraging farmers and wooing prospectors in the labour market such as graduate youths to embrace the profession was of utmost importance.
The chairman also appealed to the FCT Administration to look into the issue of farm land use within the council as most of the farm lands had been taken over by developers.
“Our farmers can no longer access farm lands for their subsistence farming and agricultural purposes.
“The council’s demonstration farm practices have been discontinued for lack of farm lands.
“This has greatly affected the growth of agriculture in the council which is one of the viable economic empowerment of our people.
“Availability of farm land is integral to promoting sustainable food security and creating wealth.
“Therefore, the council is appealing to the FCT Administration to consider this and other related issues affecting the economic advancement in the area council,” he said.
Mr Emmanuel Danladi, Sarkin Noma of AMAC, appreciated the chairman for the fertiliser.
He also appealed to the FCT administration to look into the issue of security on the farmlands so that they could have bountiful harvest at the end of the farming season.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that five trucks of fertiliser with 600 bags each of four NPK trucks and one truck of Urea was distributed free to the farmers.