The Nigerian Government has announced that it has commenced the disbursement of 1,035 metric tons of wheat seed and inputs to farmers in Kaduna, Katsina and Kano states.
This was disclosed on Thursday by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammed Abubakar, inaugurating the project in Zaria
The Minister disclosed that it was part of its efforts to reduce productions costs and boost food security.
What the Federal Government is saying
The Minister stated that Kaduna State received 350 bags of 100kg seeds, while Kano and Katsina states received 500 bags of 100kg seeds each.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development also added that said seed planters, moisture and PH meters would also be distributed to the farmers, as well as growth enhancers, sprayers and organic
“One of the critical challenges of wheat production was the high cost of production which had placed Nigerian wheat in a disadvantaged position when compared with imported wheat.
“The gesture was to reduce the cost of wheat production so that Nigerian wheat could compete favourably with the imported wheat,” they said
They added that the Atila variety of the wheat seed was distributed to the farmers, because they were conversant with it and millers patronise the variety.
Alhaji Bashir Tanko, the Chairman, Association of Wheat Farmers, Kaduna State, said a farmer needs 100kg seed per hectare, which they will distribute the seeds to 350 farmers.
Recall Nairametrics reported last week that the Central Bank of Nigeria has set aside over N5 billion to aid farmers during the dry season in Bauchi State in the cultivation of wheat.
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FG says Lagos Marine Bridge rehabilitation is 66% complete
The Federal Government, on Saturday, January 22, revealed that the ongoing rehabilitation works on the Marine Bridge Apapa, Lagos, is at 66% completion stage.
According to NAN, this was made known by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mr Olukayode Popoola, during an interview, where he said that the rehabilitation of the bridge was being done in phases.
Popoola said that 24 expansion joints and 120 bearings had been replaced in previous phases adding that the new phase of rehabilitation works that began on Monday, will have 40 additional bearings and 6 expansion joints being replaced.
What the Federal Controller of Works is saying
Popoola during the interview said, “For this particular section that we just closed, we are going to replace 40 bearings and six numbers expansion joints. Previously, we have changed 120 bearings and 24 number expansion joints. The repair is a carryover from last year.
“The contract was awarded in September 2019, and the contractor started work in October, 2019 with the rehabilitation of failed sections of the bridge. The contractor has achieved 66.19 per cent completion and so far.
“Repair works have been carried out on two sections of the bridge with the replacement of 120 bearings, 24 expansion joints and the resurfacing of 610m of asphalt.
“The partial closure of the bridge on Monday is to allow the contractor rehabilitate the damaged section, which will involve the replacement of 40 bearings and six number expansion joints.’’
Popoola explained that the repair works in the new phase would be completed by April 2022.
He appealed to motorists to obey traffic regulations around the construction zone where traffic was partially diverted to avert gridlock.
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Recall that a few days ago, the Lagos State Government announced that it will partially close the Marine Bridge from Monday, January 17 to Saturday, April 2, 2022, for emergency repair works on the infrastructure.
The government stated that the partial closure was to allow the Federal Government carry out routine maintenance works on the bridge infrastructure.
The rehabilitation work on Marine Bridge first began on September 29, 2021, with the diversion of traffic for a period of 12 weeks to allow the Federal Government commence emergency repair works on different sections of the bridge.
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