Emir urges FG to pro­vide fer­til­izer to farm­ers in Bwari

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS -

The Emir of Bwari, Al­haji Musa Ijakoro, has ap­pealed to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide fer­tiliser to farm­ers to im­prove crop yield and agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity in the area.

Ijakoro made the ap­peal on Wed­nes­day in Bwari in an in­ter­view with the News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) while giv­ing his good­will mes­sage to mark the Sal­lah celebration.

He noted that the sup­ply of fer­tiliser to farm­ers by the gov­ern­ment in the past, con­trib­uted to high yields.

The tra­di­tional ruler, there­fore, urged the gov­ern­ment to renew its agri­cul­tural pol­icy geared to­ward sup­port­ing farm­ers with fer­tiliser, to en­cour­age farm­ing and food pro­duc­tion.

“Fer­tiliser are not fre­quently supplied as be­fore; gov­ern­ment used to give us in sur­plus; but to­day there is none avail­able to even buy.

“The soil in Bwari is not fer­tile enough; with­out fer­tiliser, we will not be get­ting good yields.

“There­fore, I am ap­peal­ing to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to sup­ply us with fer­tiliser; ev­ery farmer has to be em­pow­ered with fer­tiliser to en­sure good agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion.’’

He said that although Bwari is the food bas­ket of FCT, it lacked ad­e­quate pro­vi­sion of fer­tiliser to com­ple­ment the ir­ri­ga­tion of­ten de­rived from the Lower Usuma Dam.

“Farm­ers will al­ways need fer­tiliser be­cause it con­tains plant nu­tri­ents such as ni­tro­gen, phos­pho­rus and potas­sium.

“The ad­van­tages that can be de­rived from fer­tiliser in­clude the main­te­nance of soil fer­til­ity that will en­able farm­ers to grow nu­tri­tious crops” he said. (NAN)

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