The Federal Ministry of Agriculture says it will distribute agricultural inputs to 140,000 dry season rice farmers in Jigawa through the 2016/2017 Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GEES).
The Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) represents policy and pragmatic shift within the existing Fertilizer Market Stabilization Programme.
It provides series of incentives to encourage the critical actors in the fertilizer value chain to work together to improve productivity, household food security and income of the farmer among others.
Alhaji Labaran Adamu, Director, Green House in the ministry in the state Jigawa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Monday that the farmers would also receive 50 per cent subsidy on fertiliser and 75 per cent subsidy on improved seeds.
“A rice farmer will get one bag of Urea, two bags of Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (NPK) fertiliser, two litres of micronutrients and 25 kilogrmmes of rice seeds at the of N18,687, 50.
“A maize farmer will collect one bag of urea and of NPK, two bags of organic fertilizer, two litres of micro nutrients, as well as, two litres of insecticides and of herbicides,’’ he said.
According to him, the items will cost N17, 750,000,’’ he said.