Borno state government highlights achievements in Agriculture sector

Abubakar Mohammed, Maiduguri

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The Borno state government has highlighted the achievements of the governor Zulum’s administration in the agriculture ministry since it assumed office a year ago.

The commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineer Bukar Talba gave the ministry’s scorecard at the ongoing ministerial press briefing to highlight the achievement of the government in the last one year.

Engineer Talba said, the Borno state government under the able leadership of Professor  Babagana Umara Zulum has introduced mega farms cultivation of about  3,611 hectares of farmland.

“The ministry was able to activate 10 active mega farms across the state which  are;

 Konduga- we cultivated sesame and cow pea .

Ngala- we cultivated rice

 Dikwa- rice

 Mafa- sesame and cow pea 

 Gubio- millet and cowpea 

 Damboa- maize and sesame 

 Biu- maize

 Askira – maize 

 Magumeri- cowpea 

 Kaga- cowpea and sesame 

 All these is to encourage people to return back to their respective communities as we have a more relatively peace in most of the areas mentioned with the aid of Military, Hunters and other security personnel.”

Engineer Talba also said the ministry had repaired 56 tractors in an effort to promote mechanized farming and provide all farming accessories for the year 2020 farming.

He also added that, “in an effort to support the dry season farming in Damasak,  Biu- Gwalam we prepared water pumps with accessories to be distributed to farmers at an affordable rate.”

Furthermore, “the dry season farming is an age long system the Firgi, in an effort to encourage potential farmers a  sensitization was carried out in Dikwa,  Mafa,  Ngala,  and Gwoza.  The ministry gave Five thousand naira (N5000) each to enable farmers by seedlings.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Animal Resources and Fisheries Development, Comrade Juliana Bitrus gave the ministry’s scorecard at the ongoing ministerial press briefing to highlight the achievement of the government in the last one year.

Comrade Bitrus explained that before the coming of the current administration there was a long neglect of livestock, and other agricultural element.

She said: “the ministry has established harmonious working relationship with NGOs, ministries, including the Federal Ministry of Agriculture (Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services).

 “As a result of closer cooperation with NGOs, FAO has vaccinated 120,000 heads of cattle, sheep and goats in Konduga, Jere and Kaga Local Governments and also donated working equipment to the Veterinary Hospital Maiduguri.

“Installation of uncompleted battery cages and new ones installed at the (PPU) Maiduguri in which the laying birds, are housed.

“Eight thousand points of lay pullets were procured from ROSLAC farms in Ibadan worth Millions of Naira.”

“Complete overhaul of the feed mill at PPU, feed production in progress.

 “Procured ingredients for feed formulation ranging from maize, soya beans and wheat offal which have been used for the formulation.

“The Ministry in collaboration with Ministry of Housing and Energy acquired a brand new transformer for the farm, with all necessary logistics for the installation of the transformer.

“The fisheries services division has achieved modest success since coming on board of this administration from September 2019 to date.”

The mandate of this directorate is to produce marketable fish and sales to masses at a subsidize rate and this will go a long way in a sustainable manner despite fish protein demand in a necessity for livelihood.

“Renovation of two earthen ponds located at the Zonal Fisheries office Maiduguri in November 2019.

“On the 18th December 2019, 2,000 fingerlings of clarias gariepinus species were purchased and stocked into the ponds and managed for onward growth.

“Also, 40 bags of coppens fish feed and medicament were acquired for maintenance.”