The Federal Government’s Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES) has billed about 600,000 farmers in Adamawa state to benefit from fertilizer subsidy under this year’s programme.
The state Director of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Walia Hamman, made the development known at the flag-off of the second phase of GES fertilizer distribution at Kofare Ward of Yola, the state capital yesterday.
Dr. Hamman noted that, the development followed a request sent to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr. Akinwumi Adesina by the acting Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in order to boost agriculture in the state.
“I wish to inform you that on the request of the Acting Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina graciously approved the scale up of GES in Adamawa state.
“Under this scale up, over 600,000 farmers will benefit as against 193,000 farmers that benefitted from earlier GES”, Hamman said.
Hamman, who explained that under the programme, each farmer would be given two bags of subsidized fertilizer, expressed hope that the gesture would lead to bumper harvest.
He said each benefiting farmer will have 50 percent subsidy as the Federal Government has subsidized 25 percent while the state government subsidized 25 percent of the cost making the beneficiary to enjoy 50 percent subsidy
In his address, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief John Elias, said government had received supply of 1.2 million bags of fertilizer for this cropping season, and is making preparations for farmers who lost their crops to flooding to take advantage of dry season farming to recoup their losses.
Elias warned agro dealers who would handle the sales of subsidized fertilizer to farmers across the state against diversion, saying government would monitor the exercise and sanction anyone found wanting.
In his remarks, the state chairman of Agro Dealers Association, Alhaji Usman Bapullo, said the association would undertake the exercise through its 45 centres across the state.