The state also commenced the polio immunisaton programme.
The Deputy Governor of Borno State, Zanna Mustapha, on Saturday launched the 2013 sale of fertilizer to farmers even as he warned against diversion of the product as witnessed last year.
Mr. Mustapha, who led a large retinue of politicians, to Biu Town, venue of this year’s launching, also took time off to Flagg off the polio immunization exercise for this quarter.
The deputy governor said the state government is not relenting in its effort to provide basic amenities to the people. He said the sale of fertilizer at subsidized rate was part of the good intentions of government towards making life easier for the people.
He also said this year’s sale of fertilizer has been decentralized in such a way that it would reduce cases of diversion, adding that each local government will receive ten trucks of the product.
Mr. Mustapha said NPK will be sold to farmers at N2, 500; Urea at N2, 400, and SSP at N2, 000 per bag.
The commissioner for agriculture, Usman Zanna, said the state had procured fertilizer worth N1 billion for this year’s farming season.
Last year, the sale of fertilizer in Borno by some appointed politicians was marred with cases of diversion especially in the northern and southern part of the state, to the effect that government could not recoup its investment.
The health commissioner, Salma Anas kolo, who received special commendation from the deputy governor for bringing various initiatives including counterpart funding worth N1 billion to the state, told the gathering at the Emir of Biu’s palace that only one case of polio was recorded in Borno State this year in Shani Local Government Area.
She pointed out that despite the security challenges posed by Boko Haram insurgents, many partners and donor agencies have been attracted to the state and are more willing to help the state tackle its health related challenges.
A high point of the event was the official presentation of bags of fertilizer to the farmers as well as presentation of hundreds of wrappers and treated mosquito nets to women who brought out their children for immunization.