Adamawa earmarks N550 million for fertiliser towards 2020 farming season

From Our Correspondent

The Adamawa State Government has earmarked N550 million for the procurement of fertiliser for the 2020 farming season.

The  Commissioner for  Information and Strategy, Mr Umar Pella, disclosed this  shortly after the  State Executive Council’s meeting held on Wednesday in Yola.

The meeting was presided over by Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri.

“The Council equally approved  N160 million for the purchase of 52,000  litres of agrochemicals and hybrid seeds for disbursement to farmers,” Pella said.

He also explained that the state government had approved that the commodity is sold to farmers at a subsidised rate of N5,500  per bag of 50kg.

According to the Commissioner, the security situation has delayed the buying of the agricultural inputs, especially, NPK fertiliser.

He said that the Federal Government had banned the sales of fertiliser in the Northeast region based on the  insinuation  that some elements were using the product to  make explosives.

“The state government has requested the Federal Government through the office of the National Security Adviser to lift the ban on the sales of  NPK fertiliser in the northeast.

“Otherwise, the state government will have no options than to look for any other certified outlet to buy from to prevent unnecessary food crisis in the state and the region,” Pella said.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Dishi Khone, in his contribution, said that the government was not delayed in its buying of fertiliser.

Khone said that the state government would buy  the products very soon  and made them  available to genuine  farmers at subsidised  rates.

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Adamawa State was among the major producers of rice, groundnut and maize in the country.

The northern parts of the state comprising seven local government areas were seriously affected by the Boko Haram insurgents and farmers from the affected areas needed support.

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