The senator representing Bauchi South Senatorial district, Senator Ali Wakili has distributed 114 water pumps to dry season farmers in his constituency.
Speaking during the distribution at his residence in Bauchi, he said that the gesture is aimed at assisting rural farmers as a way to reduce poverty at the grassroots.
Wakili who is also the Chairman Senate Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social welfare also informed that same number of pipe boreholes for the farmers who were given the water pumping machines.
He said that he has been helping dry-season farmers even before he became a Senator and will continue to do what he has been doing for them.
“This has became part of me that during dry season of every year I package a token for farmers to encourage dry season farming and at the same time empower them to become self reliance and useful to the society.
“I beg you in the name of God, please, don’t sell this machines make use of it and assist those who have interest in dry season farming. You can also rented it out to our brothers especially who do not have the machines,”he said.
Wakili said that if people can harness the potentials of agriculture, the level of poverty would be drastically reduced in the country.
He added that his constituency which is made of Alkaleri, Bauchi, Bogoro, Dass, Kirfi, Tafawa Balewa, and Toro local government areas have lots of streams and rivers that dissect the areas which he said are assets that can be harnessed during the dry season farming.
He said that his decision to distribute the water pumping machines to the dry season farmers machines would assist the farmers to boost their production.
Speaking at the event, Chairman All Progressive Congress ((APC) Tafawa Balewa Local Government, Alhaji Korau Bununu appreciated Senator Wakili for putting smiles in the faces of dry season farmers which he said would help most of the beneficiaries to take care of their needs.
Bununu recalled that the senator also assisted farmers in the constituency last year with boreholes, fertilizer and pesticides among other farm equipment.
He said the generators would go a long way in boosting agriculture and reduce poverty among the people of the constituency and urged the beneficiaries to make the most of the equipment.
Speaking in the same vein, the member representing Lere/Bula constituency in the State Assembly, Aminu Tukur urge said the beneficiaries make the best use of the water pumping machines given to them.
“If you maintain it well, it can last for up to 10 years. I will therefore advise you to ensure that you service it regularly and with the right engine oil,”he said.
Speaking to journalists, one of the beneficiaries, Joseph John , a tomato and onion farmer from Bar ward in Bogoro Local government Area expressed his appreciation to Senator Wakili for providing them with the water pumping machines to assist them in their dry season farming venture.
“I have been a farmer for over 17 years. Nobody has ever given me anything to boost my efforts as a farmer but today Senator Wakili has touched my life. I have nothing to give him than to pray to God to continue to protect him,” he said.