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Niger disburses N900m as northern states receive $700m for World Bank programme

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Niger State Governor, Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago has directed the release of N900 million counterpart fund for the state’s World Bank-assisted programmes as 19 northern states benefit from the $700 million World Bank Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) programme.

At the flag off of the distribution of improved seedlings, fertiliser and farm inputs on Saturday, the governor commended the World Bank and other development partners for their support to the state, and directed the Ministry of Finance to ensure the balance for the counterpart fund amounting to  N900 million is paid immediately.

The intervention is for 640 farmers across the 25 Local Government Areas of the state.

The event, which was in collaboration with the the state government, Fadama-Nigeria Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus and ACReSAL, is supported by the World Bank.

The governor emphasised the need for everyone, especially the youth, to engage in farming as incentives from the federal government are not sustainable and therefore directed that every local government in the state should cultivate 10,000 hectares of land within the next one year.

Bago said the effort was geared towards demonstrating his administration’s commitment to taking advantage of the arable land in the state to develop agriculture.

The items distributed are 78 metric tonnes of NPK and Urea fertilizer, 4.75 metric tonnes of rice, maize and sorghum seeds as well as some implements.

He said each of the 640 beneficiaries is to get two bags of 50kg NPK fertilizer, one bag of 50kg Urea fertilizer, two litres of herbicide, one litre of pesticide and 10kg of rice and maize, as well as 5kg of sorghum improved seeds.

ACReSAL National Coordinator, Abdulhamid Umarsaid that $700 million had been earmarked for the project to be tapped by the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory and the project is also targeted at improving the agricultural sector to enable farmers boost agriculture to ensure food security.

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