No fewer than 5,000 farmers have redeemed their agricultural inputs at the Tunga-maje Centre, one of the 29 Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme’s redemption centres in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), an official said.
International Fertiliser Development Centre’s Zonal Supervisor in charge of Gwagwalada and Kuje area councils, Miss Amarachi Ukeka, disclosed this to newsmen at the weekend, during a visit to the Tunga-maje Redemption Centre in Gwagwalada.
She said that 5,000 out of the 6,200 farmers had so far redeemed their inputs which comprised NPK and Urea fertilisers and subsidised hybrid maize and rice seeds.
According to her, the Federal and state governments subsidise a bag of fertiliser which costs N5, 500 by 50 per cent and improved seeds 90 per cent.
She noted that the GES Programme had adopted the Touch and Pay (TAP) system which aids easy capturing and registration of farmers.
“When the farmer comes in here after the enumeration process, each farmer receives a TAP card; every person with a TAP card is entitled to inputs.
“People are identified through the device; the enumeration is free and during the redemption, if the farmer wants maize, he is supposed to pay N5,700 while rice is N5,810.
“A bag of fertiliser goes for N5, 500; if you get two bags of fertiliser, you only pay for one bag each because 50 per cent is subsidised.
“The rice and maize seeds go for N3,100 and N2,000 a bag but the farmer pays only N310 and N200 respectively which is just 10 per cent of the price of the see,” Ukeka explained.
She said the centre supplied inputs to farmers in the three wards of Tunga-maje, Ikwa and Zuba and had so far supplied inputs to 80 per cent of the registered farmers. (NAN)