Federal Government says it has set up different task forces to monitor the activities of farmers who benefit from the government’s support programmes.
The development is to check sharp practices particularly, the diversion of farm inputs and implements donated to farmers across the country by greedy persons.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono stated this during the presentation of rice inputs to one hundred and fifty farmers in Ekiti State to cultivate a hectare of land.
Represented by a Senior Officer of the Ministry, Mr Garba Shiko said that farmers found to have sold or diverted the government’s gestures would be seriously sanctioned to serve as a deterrent to others.
He said the donation of the rice input was an initiative to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on farmers to boost rice production and create job opportunities for youths.
Items presented to each beneficiary are; 50kg bag of certified rice seeds (FARO 44), 4 bags of NPK, 2 bags of Urea,1 litre of soil amender, 4 litres of pesticides, 5 litres of pre/post-emergence herbicides.