Kaduna State are to enjoy 60 per cent subsidy on prices of assorted fertiliser procured by the state government for distribution in preparation for this year’s farming season.
Speaking on Monday at the inauguration ceremony for distribution of assorted subsidised fertiliser to farmers, Kaduna State governor, Mukhtar Yero, said farmers in the state were to benefit from subsidised farm inputs under the State Agriculture Support Scheme and the Growth Enhancement Programme (GES) of the Federal Government.
The breakdown of the subsidy declared by Yero indicated that farmers are to pay N2,500 per bag of NPK fertiliser as against market price of N6,250; Urea fertiliser goes for N2,400 as against N6,000 market price; SSP is to be sold at N1,960 as against N4,900 market price, while Organic Micro Nutricit goes for N1,960 as against N4,900 market price.
Yero said in addition to the 60 per cent subsidy, beneficiaries under the GES programme would procure each bag of fertiliser at N2,700 and get one for free jointly paid at 50-50 ratio by the Federal and state governments.
According to him, “the state and local government councils have purchased 20,492 metric tonnes of the commodities to all farmers in the state at a total sum of N2.399 billion.
Chairmen of local government councils should ensure that the assorted fertiliser within their domain are sold to farmers at 60 per cent subsidy and further ensure that no fertiliser is diverted. A monitoring team from the state government would go round to monitor and take records of all distributions and sales of the commodity to farmers, it was said.
The governor expressed worry over incessant clashes between pastoralists and farmers in the state, saying “as an intervention programme, the government has approved the sum of N45 million for the rehabilitation, expansion and improvement of existing facilities in the grazing reserves, in addition to purchase of drugs for control of animal diseases and rehabilitation of veterinary clinics. This action is aimed at generally upgrading the livestock sub-sector in the state.”
Also speaking at the event, the state Commissioner of Agriculture, Mr Isaac Bodams, said the state government had introduced comprehensive approach to agricultural revival in the state. He said as part of the programme, the state government had provided 15,000 improved seedlings of palm trees for distribution to farmers in 2014.