FG Approves N13b for Pest Control in 12 States
SWITZERLAND, JUNE 13 – The Federal Government has approved N13 billion as an intervention fund for pest control in 12 northern states to dampen the effects of COVID-19 on the nation’s food sector and ensure seamless agricultural activities during the 2020 farming season.
The 12 `frontline’ states, to benefit from the fund are Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe and Borno States.
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed this in a statement issued on Saturday.
The Minister, Alhaji Muhammad Nanono, explained 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.
He reiterated the present administration commitment to fight any menace that will truncate the successes recorded so far in the agricultural sector.
According to the minister, the government is 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 statement also disclosed that Nanono launched the 2020 dry season control of trans-boundary migratory birds for the 12 frontline northern states at the Birnin Kebbi International Airport in Kebbi due to 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.