The flag off which took place yesterday Friday in Birnin Kebbi the Kebbi State Capital had in attendance the Kebbi State Governor Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Malam Muhammad Sabo Nanono, Chief of Staff to the Government House, Secretary to the State Government, Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development Barrister Attahiru Maccido and other Members of Kebbi State Executive Council, State Assembly Members, representive of the Emir of Gwandu and Wazirin Gwandu Alhaji Abdullahi Umar as well as top Government offficials and politicians.
In his remarks, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving a N13 billion pests control intervention fund, saying Pests control is a very important element in agriculture because migratory birds wreak havoc in the country every year.
“The federal government has made agriculture a 24-hour business and always thinks farmers, thinks livestock, thinks fishing communities, small scale processors and investments in agriculture”
Senator Atiku Bagudu also acknowledged the spectacular responses of the President to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that it had greatly limited its impact.
Also speaking, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Alhaji Muhammadu Nanono, lamented that migratory birds such as quelea birds, locusts and grasshoppers constituted serious threats to cereal crops like wheat, maize, millet, sorghum, among others.
The minister also extolled the continuous support, collaborations and cooperation from the frontline states in the control of the migratory birds.
Malam Sabo Nanono expressed great pleasure to mark the commencement of the 2020 dry season control of migratory pests in the 12 frontline states – Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara and Borno.
He therefore commended Gov. Bagudu and other governors of the frontline states for their invaluable support in the control of the birds, and reaffirmed the federal government’s readiness to spearhead the exercise.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Barrister Attahiru Maccido, had said that the 2020 national flag-off of Quelea birds control in frontline states was a wonderful gesture from the federal government.
According to him, for three years running, the state had enjoyed the privilege of hosting the Flag-off ceremony for the control of the migratory birds.
“This is because of our strategic location that makes it a significant flash point for entry of migratory pests into the country,” he said.
Speaking to Newsmen shortly, the Managing Director of YOMED NIGERIA LIMITED Engineer Pam the company handling the contract expressed the company’s readiness to carryout the Aerial work efficiently which has been into practice for over two decades today rendering World-Class Services in the areas of Crop Dusting (Pest Control), Asrial Banner Towing,Aerial Hand-Bill Dropping, Aerial Fumigation and many more.
Engineer Pam said, the company has offices in some African and even Asian countries, pledging to deliver the best services in the control of pests like Quellea Birds, Locust, Weaver Birds, Grasshoppers among others, which deprived the farmer of his deserved yields.
He said farmers in States like Adamawa, Bauchi and Jigawa can testify to that because of the maximum yields they now experienced.
“I want to use this medium to thank the Kebbi State Government and Federal Government for the confidence and trust in YOMED NIGERIA LIMITED Pam said.”
Main points at the occasion was inspection of the pest control materials by the special guest Hon. Nanono in company of Governor Bagudu of Kebbi State as well as Aircraft spray demonstration.
Abdullahi Musa Yalmo
Chief Press Secretary
to the Deputy Governor Kebbi State.