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Kwara senator distributes 3,500 bags of fertilizer to farmers

Kwara senator distributes 3,500 bags of fertilizer to farmers

Saliu Mustapha, senator representing Kwara Central in the National Assembly, has commenced the distribution of 3,500 bags of 50kg fertilizer to smallholder farmers across the four local government areas of Kwara Central Senatorial District.

The programme was the first phase of the exercise which formed part of a broader strategy to ensure sustainable agricultural practices.

Mustapha, who is also the chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Production Services and Rural Development, explained that the programme was designed to empower the farmers within Kwara Central Senatorial District to be able to minimize the challenges faced with food production and improve the quantity and quality of farm produce for the people of the Senatorial District and beyond.

The event held at the playing ground of the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority, Ilorin, featured the lawmaker distributed fertilizers to members of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Kwara State, individuals and party members, who are also farmers.

Tagged: ‘Empowering Kwara Central Farmers: Unlocking self- sufficiency in food production,’ the initiative was aimed at supporting agricultural productivity and improve crop yields for local farmers.

The Senator said that about 1,000 pumping machines were distributed to the farmers.

According to him, the impact of climate change and over cultivation of farm land has negatively affected the quality of the soil for farming. This has resulted in lower yield of crops produce.

“It is important to emphasise that I personally purchased the 3500 bags of fertilizer distributed today to empower our farmers and improve their yield,” he said.

Mustapha noted that the distribution of such a significant quantity of fertilizer demonstrates a substantial investment in the agricultural sector, reflecting a commitment to enhancing food security and supporting the livelihood of farmers to boost food production in the state.

The Senator, who is also the Vice Chairman Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory Area Council, gave his stewardship in office in the last one year as a legislator, saying that the reconstruction of one-kilometer asphaltic road opposite Al-Hikmah University leading to Oke-Foma link road in Ilorin West Local Government Area was facilitated to the constituency.

He added that solar-powered motorized boreholes and street lights were also installed across the four local government areas of the senatorial district, to complement the state government’s effort in ensuring that the people of the state have access to safe water.

“For record purpose, the solar-powered motorized boreholes were provided at Ile Onifitila, Kankatu, Okelele Road, Ilorin East LGA, Jato Community Ifesowapo, behind Taoheed Central Mosque in Ilorin South LGA, Itamerin Junction, Opposite Alhaja Oil in Ilorin West LGA, Aloba Close, Oke Ikoyi, Oke Oyi in Ilorin East LGA, Agbeyangi town in Ilorin East LGA, while Solar powered street lights were installed at Computer Village Challenge Area, Ilorin; and Muslim Cemetery, Oko-Olowo, among other areas and Over thirty (30) communities across the four (4) Local Government Areas of Kwara Central Senatorial District.

“We also facilitated construction and furnishing of a block of two classrooms with office and store as well as solar-powered street lights at Government Day Junior Secondary School, Karuma, Ilorin East LGA, Fate/Basin Junior Secondary School, Ilorin South LGA, Local Government Junior Secondary School Odore, Ilorin West LGA, the legislator further said.