FG allocates 247, 000 bags of fertiliser to farmers in Katsina

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The Federal and State governments will subsidize the fertilisers by 50 per cent.

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The Federal Government has allocated 247, 000 bags of fertiliser for sale to farmers in Katsina State through the Growth Enhancement Support, GES, scheme’s e-wallet for the 2014 farming season.

The Katsina State Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abdu Aminu Omar, made this known in an interview in Katsina on Monday.

He said that farmers would pay 50 per cent of the cost of the commodity, while the Federal and State governments would pay the remaining 50 per cent, adding that one bag of fertiliser would cost N2,750.

The director said the ministry had already begun selling the fertiliser at designated centres across the 34 local government areas of the state.

He explained that each registered farmer was entitled to only two bags of fertiliser under the programme, while each local government would get its allocation based on the number of registered farmers.

Mr. Omar said improved seeds of maize and rice were also being sold at subsidised rate to encourage farming activities.

He said the decision was aimed at providing fertilisers at the doorsteps of farmers, to enhance agricultural productivity and guarantee food security in the state and the country at large.

The director also said that the government conducts aerial spray of quela birds every dry season to prevent the birds from destroying crops.

He restated the commitment of government to initiate programmes that would encourage farming activities in the country.

(NAN)

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