In an effort to boost agriculture and food production in the state, the Yobe state Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam has launched the sale of fertilizers for the 2014 cropping season, as well as the newly procured modern agricultural equipments.
The governor disclosed that the state government had procured 10, 000 metric tons of assorted fertilizers at the cost of over N1.5 billion which would be sold to farmers at a discounted 65.5% for both Urea and NPK.
“In this regard, from the initial price of N7, 250 per bag of both Urea and NPK, he approved the sale of both Urea and NPK at the price of N2, 500 per bag,” he said.
He said that government’s decision to subsidize the price of fertilizers was informed by its commitment towards making farm input affordable to the common man.
According to him, “the state government in collaboration with IFAD supported programme acquired machines which include 22 multi grain threshers, 7 grain winnowers, 18 seed planters, a rice miller, 7 twig crushers for animal feeds and manure, 210 pesticide sprayers, crop driers and 270.”
He noted that the effort was to harmonize government’s policy on agriculture which is geared towards modernization of the sector through adoption of modern farming techniques, technologies and introduction of improved seed varieties that would lead to higher yields and income generation.
He pointed out that “this is done with a view to help avoid long and hard work associated with agricultural operations in the state.”
He said: “The IFAD supported community based seed initiative in the state has produced about 57 tons of improved millet and maize seeds, pointing out that all the machineries and items worth over N50 million would be distributed to beneficiaries in the IFAD participating communities.”