By Daniel Tyokua
The Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has made provision for free fertilizer and other farm inputs to farmers across the twelve political wards.
During the flag-off ceremony in Idu, the council chairman, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido said the initiative was to invest in agriculture and promote the sales of farm produce by helping farmers boost crop productions.
He said the present administration of president Muhammadu Buhari has been committed to promoting agricultural activities in different areas, which local farmers needed to be supported by the council.
The chairman said with the theme for this’s year farming seasoning, ‘Creating Wealth Through Agriculture’ the council had made provision for five trucks of fertilizer, each containing six hundred bags totalling 3,000 bags to be shared in all the communities.
“This year’s farming season, we are providing five trucks of fertilizers with 600 bags each of four NPK trucks and one truck of Urea to be distributed free to farmers in the 12 wards of the council.
“We believe that this development would further improve farmers’ crops yields, increase their income and potentially, the livelihood of thousands of the people” he said.
The AMAC chairman also urged FCT Administration to look into the issue of farm land uses in the Council.
“Due to the urban renewal policy programme of the FCT, most of our farm lands in the council have been taken over by the developers. Our farmers can no longer assess farm lands for their subsistence farming and other agricultural purposes”
He explained with the farm land uses policy, the council’s demonstration farm practices have been discontinued for lack of farm lands.