FG sensitises Kano farmers on organic fertiliser use

By Abbas Bamalli 
No fewer than 100 farmers producing various farm products in Kano State participated in a sensitisation workshop organised by Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on the use of organic fertiliser.

The Coordinator of the Ministry in the state, Alhaji Muhammad Shehu said during the workshop on Wednesday in Kano, that the sensitisation was aimed at promoting the use of organic fertiliser by farmers in Nigeria.

“As part of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment toward boosting the agricultural sector, the ministry embarked on the test of the fertiliser use in four states.

“The sensitisation which is organised for organic fertiliser manufacturers and farmers is going on across four selected states of Kano, Sokoto, Gombe and Taraba.

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“The president is encouraging the use of the fertiliser to return to the old method to reduce the challenges farmers are facing in procuring the foreign products.

“I urge farmers to embrace the use of organic fertiliser in agricultural production to guarantee food safety.

“Scientists and medical doctors have testified that the use of the organic fertiliser is important to the health because the chemical used on the imported fertiliser has bad effect on health,’’ he said.

Shehu said that if farmers could adopt the use of such products produced in the country, the issue of fertiliser scarcity and high cost would be a thing of the past.

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Malam Adamu Isa, the Coordinator of the workshop said the use of organic fertiliser had been in existence many years ago but later it was abandoned by farmers in the country.

He said that Buhari had emphasised on the use of fertiliser as many developed countries were no longer using those products with chemicals.

Representatives of various farmers associations in the state commended Buhari for giving the sector more priority.

Malam Umar Muhammad, the Chairman FADAMA Farmers Association in Kano said that the use of organic fertiliser was a welcome development.

According to him, if the use of the product is adopted by farmers, it will reduce the hazard of using the imported product and will contribute in boosting the country’s economy through patronising the home made.

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He called on farmers who collected Federal Government loan through the Anchor Borrowers Programme to pay back for others to benefit.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that over 10 different organic fertiliser manufacturers exhibited their products and services during the workshop. (NAN)

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