Gombe – Reprieve may come the way of farmers in Gombe State amidst scarcity of fertilizer as the State Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, has ordered that the commodity should not be sold at a price above N5,000 per bag.
He stated this at the flag-off of the 2020 fertilizer sales in the State and explained that the directive was in a bid to boost agricultural production in the State.
He said his administration had procured 20,000 metric tons of assorted fertilizer in good time despite the challenges posed by covid-19 pandemic adding that the commodity would be distributed at the door steps of farmers especially in the rural areas.
According to the Governor, a large quantity of the commodity had already been supplied to the Agricultural storage facilities across the eleven (11) local government areas of the state for onward sales and distribution.
He directed that NPK fertilizer be sold at the rate of N5000 per bag adding that the price for other brands such as Urea, will be determined when security related issues are sorted out with the office of the National Security Adviser.
Governor Inuwa said, “Gombe State has procured 20,000 metric tons of assorted fertilizers for sale to our farmers. This is a clear testimony of our commitment to improve agricultural production in the state.
“Our objective is to ensure that our rural farmers are supplied all the basic farm inputs at their doorsteps without necessarily going through bureaucratic or economic red-tapism associated with the past”.
He explained that the government has set up a fertilizer monitoring committee with other relevant security agencies to monitor and track diversion of the commodity.
Speaking earlier, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Mohammed Magaji said, in line with the Governor’s directive, the ministry had made adequate arrangement for the fertilizer to reach the farming populace in the grassroots.
Also speaking at the event, Gombe State Coordinator, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Musa Mohammed Inuwa, commended Governor Inuwa Yahaya for ensuring early sale of fertilizer in the state, a gesture he noted will help in boosting food production and economic activities in the state.
He stated that the Federal Government, through its GREEN IMPERATIVE PROGARAMME, has secured a loan of one point two billion dollars ($1.2) from the Brazillian Government to increase the level of mechanization in farming operations in Nigeria.