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Nasarawa lawmakers urge transparency in fertiliser allocation

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Nasarawa State House of Assembly has advised the state’s Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources to be more transparent in the distribution and sales of fertilisers to genuine farmers, for improved productivity.

Dr Ibrahim Akwe, the Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, gave the advice when he led members of the committee on an oversight visit to the ministry on Tuesday in Lafia.

He underscores the importance of fertiliser’s distribution in boosting food production.

According to him, the committee is determined to assist the ministry to overcome its challenges, with a view to guaranteeing food security in the state.

“This visit is to assess the 2020 budget performance of the ministry, with a view to tackling any challenge, if discovered.

“The importance of fertilisers in boosting food production cannot be overemphasised.

“It is in view of this that the committee is calling on the management of the ministry to be more transparent in the allocation, distribution and sales of fertiliser to farmers in the state,’’ he said.

Responding, Prof. Allanana Otaki, the Commissioner for Agriculture, expressed appreciation to the committee for the visit.

He solicited the committee’s continued support to enable the ministry to succeed in its activities.

The commissioner assured of the ministry’s commitment to ensuring food security in the state.

He, however, identified a lack of resources as the major challenge facing the ministry.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

https://nnn.ng/nasarawa-lawmakers-urge-transparency-in-fertiliser-allocation/

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