Bauchi govt., fertilizer coys train 5000 Bauchi farmers on modern farming techniques
By Nick Yashi
The Africa Fertilizers Nigeria Limited, OPC Africa in collaboration with the Bauchi State Government has commenced a three day training for 5,000 farmers on new farming techniques.
Declaring the training open, the State Commissioner of Agriculture, Sama’ila Adamu Burga, commended the fertilizer company for the initiative saying that the intervention will alleviate their plights, particularly with the negative effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Under the COVID 19 project, 5,000 farmers will benefit from the project who were carefully selected from the three senatorial districts of the state. After the training, 10,000 bags of fertilizer will be distributed and each farmer will get two bags.
“The project will help to educate farmers on modern farming techniques so as to ensure bumper harvest through the provision of fertilizer and other farming inputs. It will also assist them to produce uptakers that will buy the commodity from the farmers after harvest. I want to commend OPC at this juncture, for opening stock shops in all locations where farmers will find all that is needed to boost their farming activities,” he said.
Speaking at the training, a representative of OPC Africa, Alhaji Idris Adamu Azare, said that the programme is currently active in 10 states of the federation, adding that in Bauchi State, farmers were selected from three local government areas of the state to benefit from the programme.
Adamu said the local governments selected include Alkaleri in Bauchi south, Ningi in Bauchi central and Shira Yana in Bauchi south just as he stated that farming inputs will be sold to farmers at a subsidized price.
Adamu said that agricultural experts have been trained to train farmers on how to use agricultural inputs, adding that all the data of the farmers will be captured for the proper monitoring of their activities.