Sokoto procures N1.2bn fertiliser - Tambuwal

Posted by News Express | 21 September 2015 | 2,384 times

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Sokoto State Government said it has procured more than 9, 000 metric tonnes of assorted fertilisers worth N1.2 billion for distribution to farmers for 2015 farming season.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, who disclosed this at a meeting with members of commodity associations in Sokoto on Sunday, said that the fertiliser comprises of NPK and Urea.

The governor also promised that the state government would continue to provide adequate subsidised fertiliser and other agricultural inputs to farmers in the state.

“This is considering its importance in the agricultural value-chain.”

Tambuwal expressed the determination of his administration to boost food production, increase farmers' income and ultimately improve on the quality of farm yield from the state.

According to the governor, the ultimate goal is to stimulate economic growth and ensure reduction in poverty level among farmers and rural populace.

“All over the world, governments come in to assist farmers with various subsidies, as such Sokoto Government will not allow market forces to determine price of such an important commodity (fertiliser).

“In that regard, the state government has procured about 9, 000 metric tonnes of assorted fertilisers which comprise NPK and Urea at the cost of N1.2 billion for distribution to farmers for this year’s farming season.”

Tambuwal said that the NPK would be sold at a subsidised rate of N1, 700 while Urea is to cost N1, 800 per bag. (NAN)

•Photo shows Gov. Tambuwal

Source: News Express

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