Bauchi Fertilizer Sells For 5,500 A Bag As GMA Launches 2018 Farming Season

   Governor Mohammed Abubakar has launched the 2018 farming season and fertilizer sales, adopting the presidential initiative of fertilizer procurement and sales to farmers at the fixed 5,500 naira per 50kg bag.

The governor called on farmers in the state to ensure judicious use of the commodity and assured of effective monitoring measures to “ensure the distribution of fertilizer to farmers across the 20 local government areas of the state.”

Governor Abubakar said the APC administration in the state has given serious attention to agriculture with the aim of providing adequate food to the people, “creating means of employment as well as diversifying the economy so as to reduce dependence on oil as the nation’s main revenue earner.”

“Government has initiated integrated agricultural entrepreneurship scheme which seeks to uplift the agricultural sector and boost economic activities in the state,” he said.

Governor Abubakar further said the effort is “aimed at generating employment, eradicating poverty, increasing farmers’ production, agricultural skills acquisition and provision of food security within the state through the presentation of special packages to farmers.”

He explained that his administration has “accessed five billion naira loan from the Central Bank of Nigeria under the ‘commercial agricultural credit schemes’ out of the eight billion naira requested by the state. The state hopes to receive the remaining three billion naira soon for the implementation of more agricultural programmes.”

The governor announced that the state and local government areas have agreed to provide 40% for the ongoing supply of 500 units of 75 Horse Power tractors to the state, 40 units of which had already arrived the state.

The tractors are going to be distributed on loan to cooperative societies and individual large scale farmers across the state, with beneficiaries paying only 60% over a period of three years.

Governor Abubakar expressed gratitude that farmers in state have “over the years been working so hard to provide the state and the nation with adequate food,” which is the reason for early launch of the fertilizer sales programme.

Other supporting agricultural loan packages introduced by the administration under the programme include cattle fattening programme loan to 3,230 beneficiaries, small ruminants loan of goats to 2,230 beneficiaries, provision of fisheries loan to 120 beneficiaries, 150 power tillers (small tractors) loans, among others.

Abubakar Al-Sadique is Press Secretary to His Excellency, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar

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