Determined to ensure food security and sufficiency in the Niger Delta Region, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has commenced the distribution of Liquid Organic Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner in Edo State with a promise to sustain its collaboration with farmers in the Niger Delta.
Hon Saturday Idehen Uwuilekhue, member representing Edo State on the governing board of the NDDC, who performed the ceremony on behalf of the Board and Management of the commission in Benin City said, “the programme was part of NDDC commitment to mitigate the socio-economic difficulties in the Niger Delta Region.”
He stressed that the distribution of Liquid Organic fertilizer and soil conditioner was an innovation to boost food production and cash crops in Edo State.
Uwuilekhue stated that the programme which was flagged off in Uyo recently by the Managing Director of the Commission, Chief Nsima Ekere, as a special farmers empowerment programme, was another milestone in the NDDC’s link with the grassroots, maintaining that beneficiaries were drawn from the 18 local government areas across Edo State.
“The first phase of this programme has about 100 farmers, including the members of the Edo State branch of All Farmers Association (AFAN) and Youths and Women Groups who are involved in agricultural activities. The second phase comes up next week for about the same number of farmers,” Uwuilekhue disclosed.
He congratulated the beneficiaries and advised them to make the best use of the products while promising more programmes for the state especially in the agricultural sector in line with the Federal Government new policy on agriculture geared towards making the nation self-sufficient in the production of food crops.
In her remarks, the Director, Edo State Office of the NDDC, Dr. Akwagaga Lelegima Enyia, said, “NDDC was passionate towards the Development of the Niger Delta Region and Edo State in particular as demonstrated through the provision of rural infrastructure, including roads construction, provisions of educational facilities, and Agricultural Entrepreneurial Training programmes.”
She advised beneficiaries of the products to strictly follow instructions in their usage as they are new and urged them to keep in touch with the Directorate of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Edo State Office of the NDDC to forestall any hiccups.
Briefing beneficiaries on the new organic liquid fertilizer and its usage, the Assistant Director Agric and Fisheries, Community and Rural Development (A&F/CRD), Mr. Olumide Epebinu, said the suitability of Agric-Zyme inputs on the fertility of the soil could not be over-emphasised.
He said, “The products boost the nutrients intake of crop roots, environmentally friendly, increase yield by 48- 80 percent, have no harmful effects on the plants, enhance yield per harvest and profit generation and restore damaged soils.”
He advised farmers to apply Agric-Zyme as soil conditioner or as liquid fertilizer two weeks after planting or land preparation.