Commissioner Ministry of Animal Health and Fisheries Development and Overseer Professor Junaid stated this when he received the National Coordinator of Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme, ATSAP, Dr Ibrahim Arebi and his team in Sokoto.
According to him, the Administration of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal procurement of low cost fertilizers for farmers was in line to achieve sustainable development in the 23 local government areas of the state.
“Farm inputs which include seeds, agro-chemicals, insecticide and others were also distributed to farmers to boost food production and achieve food sufficiency,” he said.
He explained that the state government was doing everything possible to promote agriculture in the state as it recognised the sector as a major contributor to it’s economy.
Completion Of Contracts
Professor Junaid said he was delighted to receive the team of ATSAP as part of activities to monitor projects awarded and ensure completion of jointly funded contracts.
He told the team that Governor Tambuwal was glad to be among the states selected for the intervention as he enjoined the government to ensure timely release of counterpart funding.
He called on ATSAP to relocate the scheme to its original site to enhance the effectiveness of the programme.
” You should carry everybody along, especially technical partners to help develop a roadmap for successful execution of all projects and proper utilisation of resources,” he said.
Professor Junaid commended ATSAP for choosing Sokoto as one of the beneficiary of the programme, but urged them on more intervention to cover some areas to achieve targeted food sufficiency by the year 2030.
He however said ATSAP intervention would ensure that farmers become more comfortable to partake in their farming activities.
The National Coordinator of ATSAP, Dr Ibrahim Arebi, said state government facilitated the commencement of the projects through timely release of it’s counterpart funding which he said was commendable.
Dr Arebi who was represented by Engineer Usman Abdullahi gave assurance that ATSAP would continue to work with technical partners, especially those from the State Ministry of Agriculture for smooth actualisation of the ongoing projects.
According to him, Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme would also consider other interventions to the state to assist in promoting agricultural activities and enhance farmers performance.
Launch of new initiative
In a related development, an Artificial Insemination programme has been launched in Bodinga local government area of Sokoto State.
The programme was meant to boost meat and milk production by 10% in the area.
Professor Junaid said to ensure full actualisation of the programme, government had embarked on a free annual Animal Vaccination campaign to livestock farmers across the 23 councils of the state.
He called on livestock farmers to utilise the opportunity and get their cattles vaccinated for economic development of the sector in the State.
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