The farmers in Kaduna State will purchase fertilizer at over 50 per cent subsidy.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Yero, Monday, launched the distribution and sales of assorted fertilizer at subsidized prices to farmers in the state.
Speaking at the launching ceremony in Kubau Town, Kubau Local Government Area of the State, Mr. Yero said the fertilizers are to be sold to farmers at over 50 percent subsidy.
The market cost price of the fertilizers is N6, 250 per bag of the NPK, while urea is sold for N6, 000 per bag. But under the subsidy scheme, farmers in Kaduna State are to purchase a bag of NPK at N2, 500 while urea will be sold at N2, 000.
Governor Yero said his administration is determined to exploit the agricultural sector to create jobs and reduce poverty especially amongst youths of the state.
“We believe that with additional investment in this sector and adequate motivation, more youth will take to farming, thereby increasing our potentials for food sufficiency and wealth creation.
“As part of our efforts to further assist our farmers, Government will also provide other farm inputs that include improved seeds, agrochemicals and agricultural machineries like tractors. These will all come to the farmers at subsidized rates,” he said.
He also said the 23 local government areas in the state procured fertilizers worth N2.4 billion under the subsidy scheme saying it is aimed at providing support for farmers that were not captured by the Federal Government’s Growth Enhancement Support, GES.
The Governor informed the gathering that farming is no longer a development activity, but “it is now a massive global business”
He called on farmers to take advantage of the subsidy programme saying as the population of the country continuous to grow, government must take the agricultural sector serious in other to diversify the economy.
As part of Government efforts to improve value chain in the agriculture sector, Governor Yero announced that the Federal Government has concluded arrangements to construct rice processing mills at Kubau, Kufana in Chikun LGA, Asso in Jema’a LGA and Saminaka in Lere LGAs of the state.
The Governor also said his administration plans to enhance dry season farming in the state and is currently building three dams at Hunkuyi, Kufana and Kuzuntu. The dams, he said, are at 70-90 percent completion stages.
He also added that as part of efforts to curtail frequent clash between pastoralists and farmers in the state, Government has approved N45 million for improvement of existing grazing reserves.
Governor Yero said his administration has also purchased drugs for animal disease control and has rehabilitated veterinary clinics aimed at upgrading the livestock sub-sector in the state.
The Governor called on the Local Government Chairmen to do justice in handling distribution of the fertilizers saying “a fertilizer technical team from the State Ministry of Agriculture and the Kaduna Agriculture Development Project (KADP) will be going round to monitor and take records of all distributions and subsequently report back to us.”
Also speaking at the event, the state chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, Danjuma Akuso, thanked Governor Yero for his support to all LGAs in the state.
He said the Governor has released all allocations due to the Local Governments to enable them carry out projects and programmes that will directly touch lives of the people. He pledged the readiness of all Local Government chairmen in the state to support the Governor in providing the people with democracy dividends.
In his speech earlier, the Chairman of Kubau LGA, Khalid Kubau, said his local government area has used its share of the SURE-P funds to procure poverty alleviation items such as sewing machines, water pumps for irrigation farming, motorcycles and weaving machines.
He thanked the Governor for releasing the SURE-P funds and also for choosing Kubau as venue of launch of sales and distribution of subsidized fertilizers.
The launching marks the commencement of sales and distribution of subsidized fertilizers and other farm inputs to farmers across the state.