Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno on Friday distributed fertilisers and other farming inputs to 5,000 rice farmers for this cropping season.
Shettima, who launched the exercise at Gongonlon Zabalmari Rice Plantation in Jere Local Government Area of the state, said that the gesture was to assist farmers and boost agricultural production.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Muhammad Dili, said that the inputs were provided for farmers under the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP).
Dili said that all farmers who registered under ABP would be provided with fertilisers, seeds, chemicals, water pumps, knapsack sprayers and funds to pay for ploughing, harrowing, harvesting as well as produce packaging and transportation.
He said that the benefiting farmers were drawn from Jere, Konduga, Biu and Shani Local Government Areas.
“We are starting with four local government areas, following the return of peace and improved the security situation.
“The programme will later be expanded to cover over 20,000 farmers in other local government areas of the state,” he said.
Also speaking, Alhaji Abiso Kabir, the Manager, Walwane Agricultural Supply Company, one of the ABP clients, disclosed that each registered farmer would cultivate one hectare of farmland.
He said that his company had made adequate arrangements to ensure uninterrupted supply of inputs and other agricultural commodities to farmers.
“We are providing inputs to farmers, who are expected to cultivate 5, 000 hectares of land in the selected areas,” he added.