President Buhari has boasted that his administration has broken the fertilizer scarcity jinx that has troubled the country’s agricultural sector for several decades, saying the commodity is now available in all local governments across the country at low prices.

President Buhari said this last Sunday when he received representatives of community and development associations from Daura Emirate in audience at his private residence in Daura, Katsina State.

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The representatives were at the president’s residenceto congratulate him on his re-election for a second term.

President Buhari told them Nigerians were already benefiting from the good agricultural policies of his administration, as lifestyles are changing and standards of living among the poor are on the upward movement.

‘‘Nigerians are already benefiting from the good agricultural policies of this administration. I can say that lifestyles of an average Nigerian involved in agriculture are changing and standards of living among the poor are rising.

“Investments in agriculture will be sustained. In the last three and a half years, the contributions of agriculture to gross domestic product (GDP) have been impressive, in addition to earnings from food exports.

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“I can boast we have broken the fertilizer jinx. The product is today available in all local governments at low prices. More measures are in the offing to transform the lives of millions of Nigerians across the country,” he boasted.

The president promised to introduce new programmes and projects that would make agriculture more attractive to Nigerians and increase jobs in the sector.

According to him, under the Presidential Fertiliser initiative (PFI), the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has revamped and restored production in about 20 fertilizer-blending plants in 2018.

The president also posited the revamped fertilizer-blending plants have the capacity to deliver about million bags of fertilizer at about N5,500 per bag, about 30 percent below market prices.

The Presidential Fertiliser initiative (PFI) was President Buhari administration’s initiative to boost farming output and reduce the economy’s dependence on oil.

A retired Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Sani Daura, who was among the representative, said the president’s honesty and integrity in public governance would remain a thing of pride to the community.

Mr Daura said those attributes of the president, among others, guaranteed his re-election.

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Also, a youth representative at the evfent, Mohammed Sale, commended the Federal Government for establishing an irrigation scheme, skills acquisition centre and completing a sub-station to boost electricity in the community.

Mohammed Sale appealed for a new Federal Medical Centre and a university in Daura.

According to Sale, ‘‘the youths are ready to participate actively in the next level of your government,’’ Mr Sale told the president.

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