FG commences distribution of fertilisers in Kuje, Abuja

PIC. 17. COTTON FARMERS DEMONSTRATING ON NINGI ROAD DURING THE LAUNCH OF COTTON FARMING SEASON BY BAUCHI LG IN BAUCHI ON WEDNESDAY (1/8/12).

The farmers are buying at a subsidised rate.

The Kuje Area Council of Abuja on Monday commenced the distribution of fertilisers and grains to farmers under the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES).

The GES is the flagship programme under the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Programme.

Babatunde Kayode, Head, Agriculture Department in the council, said that the objective of the exercise was to make fertilisers and improved seedlings readily available to farmers at subsidised rate.

Mr. Kayode said that only registered farmers would benefit from the exercise, explaining that they would receive text message with an identification number from the ADP Redemption Centres in Kuje.

“We have four redemption centers under Kuje Area Council — Kuje Central, Gaube, Rubochi and Gudun Kariya,” he said.

“As soon as they (farmers) receive the text message, they should come to the redemption centres to buy the inputs depending on where the farmer registered.”

A farmer, Simon Dago, a beneficiary, in an interview expressed happiness at the exercise, saying that it is cost effective than buying from the open market.

“It cost me just N6,000 to buy a bag of Urea and NPK brand of fertilisers as well as one bag of improved maize seedlings from the redemption centre.”

He appealed to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to make the inputs readily available to farmers each year.

(NAN)

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