Senator, Saliu Mustapha distributes 3,500 bags of fertiliser to farmers

Senator Saliu Mustapha

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Production Services, and Rural Development, Senator Saliu Mustapha, has flagged off the distribution of 3,500 bags of 50 kg of fertiliser to smallholder farmers across the four local government areas of Kwara Central Senatorial district.

The senator said that the distribution was the first phase of a broader strategy to ensure sustainable agricultural practices.

Mustapha, who represents Kwara Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, made this known on Saturday

Speaking during the distribution of the fertiliser to members of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Kwara State, individuals and party members who are into farming attended the event tagged “Empowering Kwara Central Farmers: Unlocking Self-Sufficiency in Food Production.”

Mustapha said that the initiative aims to support agricultural productivity and improve crop yields for local farmers.

The Senator, who added that about 1,000 pumping machines were distributed to the farmers, noted that the programme was designed to empower the farmers within Kwara Central senatorial district to be able to minimise 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 impact of climate change and overcrowding of farmland has negatively affected the quality of the soil for farming. This has resulted in lower yield of crops produce.

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“It is important to emphasise that I personally purchased the 3,500 bags of fertiliser distributed today to empower our farmers and improve their yield,” he said.

Mustapha noted that the distribution of such a significant quantity of fertiliser 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 of the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory Area Council, used the opportunity to reel out his achievements in office in the last year as a legislator, saying that the reconstruction of a one-kilometre asphalt road opposite Al-Hikmah University leading to the Oke-Foma link road in the Ilorin West local government area was facilitated for the constituency.

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

“For record purposes, the solar-powered motorised 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.

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“We also facilitated the construction and furnishing of a block of two classrooms with an 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, and Ilorin West LGA,” the legislator added.

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