Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCT minister reiterates commitment to food security

The Federal Capital Territory Minster, Malam Muhammad Bello, has restated the commitment of the administration to boost the agric sector. 

Bello stated this during an inspection visit to the Paikon-kore grazing reserve in Gwagwalada area council. 

According to him, the visit to the reserve was to enable him assess the facilities on ground towards the take-off of activities at the grazing reserve, adding that when fully operational the reserve will not only boost animal production but also attract the development of value chain industries which will in turn open up opportunities for job creation for the teeming youth. 

He added that the priority given to the agricultural sector, was in line with the economic revival programmes of the present administration, predicated on the provision of the much-needed support to farmers towards poverty alleviation and an engine for economic growth 

Addressing the Paikon-kore community leaders and youths who were on hand to receive him, Bello used the occasion to sue for peaceful co-existence which he described as the panacea for development, stressing that both the farmers and pastoralist need to work together towards the common good of their people. 

While urging the community to embrace modern trends in agriculture, the minister said that the grazing reserve will be equipped with modern facilities towards giving impetus to food production. 

In his earlier address, the chairman of Gwagwalada area council, Hon. Adamu Danze, commended the minister for the visit which he said will go a long way in reassuring the Paikon -Kore community of good intentions of the FCT Administration in establishing the grazing reserve. 

Also speaking, the Agora of Zuba, Alhaji Muhammad Umar, applauded the minister for constituting a committee to resolve all contending issues with regards the grazing reserve, just as he emphasized on the need to carry all stakeholders along towards finding lasting solutions to the disagreement between the pastoralist and farmers. 

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