Farmers kick as FCTA fertiliser warehouse turns farmland

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A glance at the fertilizer warehouse of the administration of the Federal Capital Territory in Tunga-Maya caused a cold shiver on Alhaji Garba's back.

He said it was heartbreaking that the object that he usually came in to get fertilizer was abandoned in ruins and now overgrown with herbs. He said that some of the roofs are blown away and remain rotten due to neglect.

Alhaji Garba, a small farmer in TunganMaye, said that rural farmers bear the brunt of an unused facility, because they now have to pay for their nose to buy fertilizers elsewhere.

Whenever he needs to buy fertilizer, he spends about 6,000 dollars to buy bags for use on his farm, and a few years ago, the same would be obtained for half the amount and with ease in the FCTA fertilizer warehouse in his community.

"In 2014, we received fertilizer here at about 13,500 dollars," he said, adding that not only the quality of the facility deteriorated, but it also failed to meet the needs of farmers in the area.

Fertilizer storage FCTA is designed to support rural farmers, but the environment has been turned into maize and ores. Inside the warehouses are packed boards and wood, which are still used to bind bags with fertilizers unloaded there.

Residents of several agrarian communities, including Tunga Nasara, Konkole, Unguvar Dio, Shengau, Shishida and Unguvar Sogele, who used in the warehouse, said that he had been working at the worst for more than four years, and some of the roofing sheets were blown off at that time as the buildings decayed.

Of the five warehouses in the facility, only one is used. "This person is not even in good condition, because they had to pack the fertilizer in a corner, as part of the roof was demolished," said Alhaji Garba.

Taiwo Lawrence Adeyemi, resident, recently commented: "With a warehouse of about 100,000 tons and regular premises, the FCDA fertilizer store in Tunga Maje, the district council of Gwagwalada, was captured by rodents because it was left to rot, the building was dilapidated and the roof was blown out.

Message Adeyemi grabbed a deplorable state of objects in the FCTA fertilizer warehouse in Tunga-Mai.

The warehouse, located near the pedestrian bridge in Tunga-Lane, is "one of several state institutions that are underutilized and remain in rotting," said Alhaji Garba.

Four of the warehouses are in poor condition on the site with several sections of the blown roof and where there is a roof that leaks and, as a result, weakens the buildings.

The premises in the facility are in a more terrible condition, as windows and doors have been vandalized. The roof was also blown away. They have become a dump for used fabrics and other abandoned materials.

Another resident of Umar Mohammed said that this facility will stimulate economic activity in the area. He said that easy access to fertilizer by farmers would lead to improved yields, as well as increased economic activity in the area.

Mohammed described this object as "a waste of public resources," adding that it would be difficult to maintain lots of fertilizers at any of the warehouses, as destructive rodents captured the object.

In addition to the decrepit nature of the site, Alhaji Garba said that bureaucratic bottlenecks in the administration prevent rural farmers from receiving fertilizers from the government.

He said that some farmers have spent money and time to travel more than 20 kilometers to the FCT administration office in Area 11, Garki, before they can pay and be cleaned to get some fertilizer at the facility.

"Consider the transportation tariffs, stress, time and energy that will be required to get to Area 11," he said, adding that farmers will need to collect a payment authorization from the bank and return to the secretariat before they receive another permit for warehouse to get fertilizer.

Garba, explaining the attitude of the average civil servant to work, said that the state bureaucracy had postponed such processes that some farmers would have to travel twice to the city center before getting their batch of fertilizers.

He said in most cases, instead of experiencing stress, most people like him resorted to buying from markets at exorbitant prices.

Secretary, Secretariat of Agricultural Development and Rural Development (ARDS), Stanley Ifeanyichukwu Nzekwe, said the government was aware of the situation when the facility and this contract for its repair was awarded in 2017, but he could not access the funds.

"Before this administration came to power, one of the buildings was more than 30 years old, and part of it was blown out of records by the wind. But in 2016 it was launched into the procurement process, which is now advertised and awarded in 2017, when I entered. But since then we have not appealed to him, because the budget for 2017 has moved to capital projects for 2018, "he said, adding that the government could not" continue "because the budget was not approved, but there are new warehouses in Gwagwe and Kvali.

"In Tungan Maje, we use half of this warehouse, because if we take maybe 500 bags, we will keep them in the part that is good with the pallets, because we have to distribute the farmers who go close to these areas.

Please note that part of the contract was awarded before I came, which is fencing, and it was completed

"The damage we got from the fertilizers that we kept was not up to five bags, it's true. We have about 200 bags left, which is the last batch of what we distribute, "he said.

At the headquarters, the Nekwe said: "I do not want to blame the government; it could not be between these two years that he got hurt. Some people may have raised money. The headquarters is bad, but it's not a problem at stake, we want to provide our warehouse before our headquarters. "

On farmers heading to the secretariat in Garki, before buying fertilizers, he said: "I have no regrets for that. The reason is that someone will come and tell you that he has 1,000 farmers behind him, and you may approve 100 bags, and he distracts the same thing as selling, and earns a profit of N3,000 for bag, because we subsidize 50 percent. Therefore, we said "no", we do not single out cooperatives. "

Nzekwe said that the measure was to check the acute practices of residents. "We do what we give three or four bags per person, which he can wear from any of the depots depending on the location."

He said that the repair of the facility depends on budgetary allocations.

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