From Uche Uche, Damaturu
Yobe state governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has launched the sale of 9,000 metric tonnes of NPK fertilizer which is equivalent to 180, 000 bags or 300 truckloads, procured at the cost of N1.71 billion to farmers across the state.
He also unveiled a total of 103 tractors jointly procured by the state government and the 17 local government councils in order to boost farming and agricultural production in the state.
The governor said during the launching ceremony that, “As the cost of fertilizer in the open market continues to rise for the average farmer every year, it is important that the state government wades in and provides some support so that farmers could have access to the vital product without much difficulty. Consequently,
“ I have approved that the NPK fertilizers we procured be sold to farmers at the subsidised rate of N3, 000.00 per bag. I have also directed that each local government be given an initial allocation of 3000 bags for the current farming season.”
He urged the teeming practicing farmers to make good use of the commodity and ensure that they are not tempted by con middlemen who may entice them with the offer to buy at more than the officially approved price.