In a bid to help cushion the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on farmers and their produce, Nigeria’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has flagged off distribution of seeds to farmers free of charge while other inputs are to be given at 75 percent subsidised rate.
This was disclosed by Sabo Nanono, the agric minister, while observing the second World Food Safety Day in Kaduna State.
According to Nanono, food and nutritional securities are vital for the safety of the country, adding that a nation that feeds well is a wealthy and productive nation.
Some of the seeds being distributed by the ministry include palm seedlings, seeds for rice, maize, wheat.
The minister said, “With COVID-19, the priority of every country in the world is to ensure limited disruption to its food supply chains.
“Today in Kaduna, alongside Mallam Nasiru El-rufai, we distribute seeds to farmers free of charge while other inputs are given at 75 percent subsidy.
“I urge the beneficiaries to make judicious use of these inputs to produce food for the nation while calling on other stakeholders to provide similar support to farmers so that we can defeat COVID-19 pandemic.”