Bauchi — The Federal Ministry of Agriculture has commenced the second phase of aerial spraying of farms in Bauchi State as part of efforts to check quelea birds in the North-east zone.
Flagging off the exercise yesterday at the Bauchi airport,the North-east Zonal pest control officer, Mr. Johnson Waziri said the ministry is embarking on the programme to ensure that the birds do not destroy crops in the region. “If we are able to spray their roots properly, the possibility is that we’ll inhibit the hatching of the eggs. Once their population is reduced, the dry season farming will be enhanced,” he said.
He said quelea birds migrate to the country from Niger and Chad Republic.
“With the availability of cereal food crops, these birds will come in here and settle and the problem with quelea birds control is that once the environment is tough, there is a tendency for them to disperse. So, as we are attacking them here in Bauchi and other trouble areas, they will go down the valley, settle there and cause trouble for the farmers,” he added.
Bauchi State Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Tasi’u Mohammed, who was represented by the state Chief Produce Officer, Alhaji Iliyasu Dahiru, said the state is ready to complement the efforts of the federal government in fighting the birds.
He said the state has 750 litres of chemicals to support the federal government’s efforts.
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