KETSO FERTILIZER 1By George Daniya

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has flagged-off the sales and distribution of this year’s wet season farming.

Represented by his deputy, Alh Ahmed Mohammed Ketso flagged-off the exercise at the Farm Centre, Minna.

Governor Bello said that twenty-seven and half trucks of fertilizers making it 15, 000 metric tons have been delivered to the 25 local governments in the state.

He said that 50kg of NPK, the main supplied fertilizer would be sold for N8, 000.

He said that the government was resolved to seeing that the farmers get the best of agriculture inputs and on time, focusing more on subsidizing these inputs to them.

The governor assured that the government will work round the clock to see that there is peace and security to enable farmers go about their normal farming activities, bearing in the repercussion of challenges insecurity posed to food security.

He added that the state government is reorganizing its partnership with private sector for an increased yield in agricultural value chains as well as accessed fund for the rehabilitation of some dilapidated agriculture institutions, five irrigation schemes in the state and establishment of a 50 hectares of oil palm plantation in Labozhi, Mokwa local government.

Earlier, Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alh. Haliru Zakari Jikantoro said that they will work with all relevant stakeholders towards achieving best practices in the sector.

Alh. Jikantoro said that the state has the potential to become the hub of agriculture in the country, calling on both the local and international partners take advantage of these potentials and the favourable environment to invest in the state agricultural sector.

He said that the ministry engaged the best companies to supply the fertilizer and that they are of high quality as the government insisted.

 

Bala Tuta and Shitu Abdullahi are some of the beneficiaries; they expressed their delight on the early commencement of the sales of the fertilizer as this was what the farmers all want.

The beneficiaries said that as long as they can get the product, the price was good for them.

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