From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
The Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Sagir Aminu Saleh has commended the federal government’s Growth Enhancement Support (GES) saying the scheme had through the E-Wallet system, boost cotton production in the state in the last two years.
Sagir, who pointed out that the scheme has also increased the number of registered farmers from 1, 020 in 2012 to 40, 000 in 2014 in the state, informed the yields per farm commodity had increased by thousand of tones annually.
The Deputy Governor disclosed this recently while launching the 2014 season farming in the state. He also reiterated the state government’s commitment towards cotton production in the state.
According to Sagir, the state government was also determined to sustain agriculture in the state through policies and programs that are aimed at supporting the cotton value chain in the state.
He explained that the government will do everything possible to encourage cotton production through mobilization and sensitization of farmers with the use of extension network, provision of good quality seed and inputs, and constant training of key players.
Sagir also stated that, “the Arewa Cotton and Allied Products Company has identified with Bauchi state in cotton value chain development, as it also shown interest in helping the state develop the sector with a proposal for the establishment of a modern cotton ginnery.”
Speaking earlier, the State Director with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Muhammad Yusuf said the over 40, 000 registered farmers engaged in cotton production this season are to redeem fertilizer, improved cotton seeds, and chemicals at a subsidy of N11, 130 as against N23, 700.
He told the occasion that the subsidy is on 130 tons of fertilizers, 874 tons of improved cotton seeds and 87, 338 litres of agro-chemicals (43, 669 litres each of bio stimulant and sharp shooter, saying each farmer will redeem 20 kilos of seed, 3 bags of fertilizer and one litre each of the chemicals.
The director who represented his Minister, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina called on the benefitting farmer to reciprocate the laudable gesture by genuinely using the inputs collected for the purpose it was meant.