The Nigerian government has approved N13 billion as intervention fund for pest control in 12 states in the north, to reduce the effects of the pandemic on food production in Nigeria.
The 12 northern states that benefited from the intervention funds are Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe, and the Borno States.
The disclosure was made in a statement, issued by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Saturday.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Nanono, stated that the intervention fund is to ensure that there is no interruption in this year’s farming season.
He said that the funds will be used to combat transboundary pests and reduce the effects of Covid19 as well as guarantee national food security.
Nanono stressed that the current administration is willing to fight any obstacle that will derail the success recorded so far in the agricultural sector.
He noted that the government is aware of the current situation regarding desert locust which has ravaged farmlands across East Africa and the Middle East with the possibility of a spillover into West Africa and Nigeria in particular.
The minister also inaugurated the 2020 dry season control of trans-boundary migratory birds for the 12 states in the north at the Bernin Kebbi International Airport in Kebbi.
The minister also said that the flag-off was carried out because of Kebbi state’s extensive agricultural activities.
He said the decision to carry out the flag off in Kebbi State was deliberate, as a result of the state extensive agricultural activities and the immense cooperation and collaboration of the state government in executing agricultural interventions over the years.