The Enugu State government has concluded plans to make fertiliser available early to farmers at a subsidised rate in the 2020 farming season.
The Chairman, Enugu State House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture, Mr. Hillary Ugwu, said agriculture was given consideration during the presentation of the 2020 budget.
Ugwu, a member representing Enugu East constituency, said agriculture subsidy was captured in the budget.
He said the Agriculture Ministry, which he supervised, would embark on procurement of fertiliser that would go round all the farmers in the state.
According to Ugwu, fertiliser would be evenly distributed across the 17 local government areas of the state to encourage farmers and boost food production.
“The Ministry of Agriculture has been directed by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to ensure that fertilisers are available to all our farmers at a subsidised rate before April ending.
“This is to enable our farmers confront the issue of massive food production aggressively with all seriousness,” he said
Ugwu said arrangement had been made to ensure timely distribution of the fertiliser immediately they were supplied to the ministry, adding that the government would punish anybody found sabotaging the process.
He explained that it was the ministry’s belief that when the plans were efficiently implemented, the state would witness massive food production in the 2020 harvest.