Governor Mohammed Flagg Up 2021 Farming Season in Bauchi
By Bashir Hassan Abubakar
Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has reiterated the commitment of his administration to promote agricultural production in order to ensure food security in the state with a subsidy in fertilizer of N500 per bag to farmers.
The Governor stated this on Thursday during the official launching of the 2021 farming season at Soro village in Ganjuwa local government area of Bauchi State.
Governor Mohammed said that he has directed the state fertilizer blending company to sell the commodity directly to the farmers to save them from the trouble of shylock marketers, adding that Urea fertilizer would be sold at the rate of N11,000 per bag which is a subsidized rate as the government bought it at the rate of N11, 500.00
“The NPK brand of fertilizer should be sold at the rate of N9,000 per bag subsidizing the sum of N500 as it was bought at the rate of N9,500 per bag from the Federal Government. My administration will continue to create an enabling environment for the farmers.”
The Governor said that the administration will continue to promote agricultural production in order to ensure food availability in the state which will, in turn, ensure food security because, with the availability of food, hunger and poverty will be subdued.
“In order to make assorted fertilizer readily available for the real farmers across the state, the government has procured 100 trailers at the cost of over N120 million which will be sold directly to the farmers by the fertilizer company,” he said
The Governor said that his administration has committed a huge sum of money to the procurement of farming needs including pesticides and enhanced seedlings which will yield more produce to the farmers.
“We hope that what we have done will spur our farmers to come out and buy directly from the Government away from the shylock marketers who always capitalize on the situation to increase prices far beyond the reach of the peasants,” he added.