Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, says it has begun an aggressive campaign targeted at boosting dry season farming and trained about 2000 farmers on pest control and storage techniques, as part of measures to ensure food security.

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, says it has begun an aggressive campaign targeted at boosting dry season farming and trained about 2000 farmers on pest control and storage techniques, as part of measures to ensure food security.

Acting Secretary of FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Ibe Chukwuemeka, who disclosed this at a media interface in Abuja, stated that the campaign is designed to mitigate the adverse effects of the continued attacks on farmers by bandits in some parts of the country, adding that the FCT has large farming populations that could contribute maximally to the nation’s food production.

He further said the Secretariat is providing irrigation equipment to farmers such as water pumping machines, water hoses, and has assisted farmers to construct earth dams.

The Acting Secretary of FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat also stated that as part of efforts to combat and minimize the menace of the Fall Army Worm pest on farmers, the Secretariat through the Department of Agricultural Services trained about 2000 farmers and sold insecticides at 50 percent subsidized rates to farmers.

Mr Chukwuemeka said in addition to pest control activities, the Department also carried out training on the use of Purdue airtight bags for effective storage of Agricultural produce.

He further said with the successful experiment on Green House farming in Gwagwalada for the production of Tomatoes and different species of Bell peppers, the Secretariat is set to establish similar farms in other Area Councils of the FCT. The FCTA official, however, lamented that the agricultural development programmes of the Secretariat were greatly affected by the looting of its storage warehouse in Gwagwalada by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest.     



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