FG Revolutionising Agriculture Sector via ABP, PFI – Lai

The Federal Government’s plan of boosting the agricultural sector has yielded positive results, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said.

This was disclosed recently by the minister during an inspection visit to Malam Alu Agro Allied Company Limited, which hosts the tallest national flag pole in the country, in Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State.

Mohammed noted that the government’s Anchor Borrowers’ programme (ABP) and Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI) were revolutionising the Nigerian agriculture sector.

“The Anchor Borrowers Programme, which was launched by the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2015 to boost the nation’s agricultural sector, has now catalysed the production of such crops like rice, maize, wheat and tomato, among others, and boosted local production as well as conserved the nation’s foreign exchange through marked reduction in importation,” he stated.

He added that the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative which was aimed at stimulating local production of NPK fertilisers by reviving moribund fertilizer plants and the local blending fertiliser industry has made fertiliser available and affordable for Nigerian farmers.

According to him, this has saved over $200 million in foreign exchange and N60 billion in budgetary provision for fertiliser subsidy while creating thousands of jobs.

The minister further praised the efforts of the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, for keying into the initiative, thus attracting private investments like the Malam Alu Agro Allied Company Limited, to his state.

“With these and the ingenious programmes of the state government, Jigawa is a shining example of the success of the Federal Government Agricultural Revolution. I implore other farmers and other states to take advantage of the Anchor Borrowers Programme and the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative to revolutionize agriculture in their areas,” he said.

The Chairman of Malam Alu Agro Allied Company Limited, Alhaji Faruk Adamu Aliyu, was also lauded by the minister for his investments in agriculture and for his efforts in boosting tourism in the state through the hoisting of the tallest national flag pole on the farm which will attract tourists.

The Malam Alu Agro Allied Company Limited boasts of a 70-hectare sprawling complex involved in poultry farming with 120,000 layers and broilers, dairy production with 400 heads of cattle, a 40 ton per hour fertiliser blending plant, a tomato greenhouse with a weekly capacity of 15 to 20 tons.

SOURCE: AGRONIGERIA

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