The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says it has procured a total of 50,000 litres of organic liquid fertiliser and 50,000 litres of soil conditioner for distribution to farmers in the Niger Delta region.
The Director, Corporate Affairs of the Commission, Mr Ibitoye Abosede stated this at the flag-off of the distribution of 11,000 litres of fertilizers and soil conditioner to farmers in Akwa Ibom state.
On his part, the NDDC Managing Director, Mr Nsima Ekere, expressed the commitment of the commission to improve food security in the region, stating that the commission believed that agriculture could help sustain the economy.
He pledged the commission’s readiness towards providing more programmes towards the mechanisation of agriculture in the zone.
“We want to discourage the use of inorganic substances in farming. We have, therefore, taken a bold step to provide farmers in the Niger Delta region with Agric Zyme Organic Liquid Fertilisers. This product will not only increase farm yield dramatically, it will also restore the ecological properties of the soil, making it more suitable for agricultural use and encouraging more youths to embrace modern farming,” he said.
On agricultural exports, he noted that the commission was partnering with the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) on the establishment of a N5billion Niger Delta Export Development Fund (NDEDF) to aid export of agricultural commodities.
“We want to create an export initiative in the agricultural sector to create jobs and help the nation’s economy. The NDDC needs to leverage on NEXIM Bank to tackle the challenges of creating jobs and building sustainable development programmes,” Mr Ekere stated.
He added that the NDDC had entered into an agreement with the Cross River State Government on the activation of the government-owned hatchery/poultry project to provide day old chicks and feeds to poultry farmers at subsidised rates.
He also called on farmers to avail themselves for training on how to use the products organised by the NDDC in its state offices to derive maximum benefits from the products.