Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State, on Friday distributed packages containing varieties of agricultural tools and implements to over 2,000 farmers for dry season farming activities in Damasak, headquarters of Mobbar Local Government in the northern part of the state.
Each pack consist of a water pump with accessories, NPK fertilizer, non-selective herbicides, 50,000 liters of petrol, 2,000 liters of engine oil and rice seedlings.
The benefiting farmers were resettled after their displacement from parts of Mobbar LGA. They also include farmers from neighboring Abadam local Government which is under reconstruction ahead of safe resettlement.
Accompanied by the Senator representing Borno North, Abubakar Kyari and Speaker, Borno State House of Assembly, AbdulKarim Lawan, the Zulum said the intervention was part of sustained efforts to create jobs, revive and boost irrigation farming towards the recovery of agriculture and increase potential for food sufficiency in the state.
In addition to distributing the irrigation packs, the governor directed the release of funds for the construction of 500 tube-well boreholes to increase access to water for irrigation activities.
Before leaving Damasak, Zulum inspected a massive water project being constructed by Senator Abubakar Kyari as part of his constituency interventions in Damasak.
The water project valued at N450m has a combined capacity of producing 950,000 liters of water with three deep aquifers, and two middle aquifer water sources with reticulation pipelines to connect townships.
He commended Senator Kyari for the laudable project which will have direct positive impact on the lives of the people.
Zulum’s delegation to Damasak included not just Senator Kyari, and Speaker Lawan but also former Minister of Agriculture, Abubakar Tijjani, Members of Borno Assembly representing Mobbar and Abadam, and the State’s Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs.