By Ndahi Marama
BORNO â€” Following the devastation ofÂ farmlands in the northern parts of Borno State by Quella Birds, the board and management staff of the Chad Basin Development Authority (CBDA) has solicited the support of the state government in order to compliment the Federal Governmentâ€™s gesture.
The Chairman, Board of Chad Basin Development Authority, Zanna Laminu Mamadi (DIG Rtd) made the request when he led members of his delegation on a courtesy call on Governor Ali Modu Sheriff at the Government House, Maiduguri.
Mamadi stated that the rate at which farmers from the northern parts of the state, particularly Konduga, Ngala, New Marte and Kala-Balge, among other council areas, suffered losses is very alarming, considering the economic meltdown. He pointed out that there is the need for all the three tiers of government to contribute their own quota soÂ that farmers can reap appropriately from their labour.
The Chairman stated that since 1973 when the Board was established by the federal government under Decree 32 No. 193, it has been mandated with the sole responsibility of tackling the issue of desert encroachment which is paramount in the state, as well as assist in the sustainable development of agriculture in the country, which according to him the Board has been living up to its expectations.
He stressed that apart from curtailing severe drought in the affected region, CBDA has executed project in harnessing water resources for irrigation purposes in southern Chad Basin, Baga, Alau Dam and other places in the state, which according to him, these development has assisted in enhancing food production and bumper harvest.
He therefore appealed to the state government to provide the affected areas with quellatox/ spraying chemicals, herbicides and pesticides to be used in controlling the spread of these devastating Birds and insects which usually cause havoc to farmerâ€™s produce across the state.
He also seized the opportunity to commiserate with the state government and the people of the state over the recent Boko Haram crisis in the state, and prayed God to forestall future occurrences.
Responding, Governor Sheriff thanked members of the delegation for the visit and assured them that the state government is doing everything possible within its scarce resources to eradicate quella birds and other insects which are causing problem to the agricultural practices in the state.
Sheriff noted that one of the cardinal objectives of his 10- point agenda is to develop sustainable agriculture in the state, as almost 85% of the population of the state are farmers, which government will not toy with, considering their immense contribution to employment generation.