The Federal Government has approved the sum of 13billion Naira for pest control in 12 Norther States in Nigeria as part of measures to control the effects of COVID-19 on Agricultural sector.
This was disclosed on Saturday by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Nanono through a statement made available to the pressmen by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development saying “the intervention fund was to ensure uninterrupted agricultural activities during the 2020 farming season in those states”
“As part of measures to reduce the effects of COVID-19 on the nation’s food sector, the Federal Government has approved N13 billion as intervention fund for pest control in 12 Northern States,
The 12 states scheduled to benefit from the fund are Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe and Borno States”
He explained further that the fund would also be used to control trans-boundary pests and minimise the impact of COVID – 19 as well as guarantee nutritional and national food security.
Nanono emphasised that the present administration “is determined to fight any menace that will truncate the successes recorded so far in the agricultural sector”.
He said that government was mindful of reports of desert locust outbreaks in East Africa and the Middle East with the possibility of a spillover of locust swarms into West Africa and Nigeria.
The minister also performed the flag-off of the 2020 dry season control of trans-boundary migratory birds for the 12 frontline northern states at the Birnin Kebbi International Airport in Kebbi.
Nanono said that the flag-off was performed in Kebbi because of the state’s extensive agricultural activities.
“The choice of Kebbi State for the flag off is deliberate, in view of the extensive agricultural activities in the state and the immense cooperation and collaboration of the state government in the implementation of agricultural interventions over the years,” Nanono said.