GOVERNOR ABUBAKAR ATIKU BAGUDU AFFIRMS HIS FIRM STAND ON ELIMINATING LIMITING HAZARDOUS FACTORS CRIPPLING THE ATTAINMENT OF QUALITY SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION GEARED TOWARDS NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY.
He affirmed this on Thursday, 1st August 2019 during the official flag-off of the 2019 wet season control of migratory pests in the 12 frontline states including Kebbi State at the Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport, Ambursa Kebbi State.
Brought about by irregularities in raining patterns, these migratory birds who come from neighboring countries have poised serious havoc in the attainment of the stability of cereal production; like rice, millet and sorghum in the aforementioned states thereby causing a backdrop in the yield of food production and irregularities in the food demand and supply chain.
Giving his remarks, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu thanked the Federal Government for selecting Kebbi State in 2017 and for the second time in 2019 to partake in the flag-off ceremony which aligns with the vision of the present administration to scale up agricultural practices geared toward sustained national food security.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu praised the President Buhari led administration for revolutionizingand creating a variety of agricultural programmes aimed at fostering agricultural production to ensure food stability in the nation.
Speaking further, he spoke about the President Muhammadu Buhari’s aid to some select states that were affected by flooding, the fertilizer and loan incentives for farmers, national food initiative, the aborted Ruga settlement and the anchor borrowers’ programme.
The governor suggested reactivation of the Ruga settlement to provide a conducive ambiance for the nomadic Fulani herdsmen to enjoy civic socio-economic rights and grant them access to basic amenities such as quality education, portable drinking water and fertile pastoral grounds for the feeding of their livestock to ensure they have equitable access to quality of life in line with other programmes put in place by the federal government for her citizens.
On capacity building, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu said his government has provided over forty schools across the state to Fulani nomads equipped with basic social amenities like portable drinking water as well as training of Fulani women on how to process cow milk into valuable economic diary products to improve their financial prosperity.
Finally, he advised the Federal Government to carve out more ways of ensuring cohabitational peace between farmers and Fulani nomads geared towards not just food security but sustainable national development.