The Gombe State Government has begun the sales of 68, 400 bags of assorted fertiliser at subsidised price of N5,000 per bag for the 2019 wet season to boost food security in the state.
Gov. Inuwa Yahaya, who announced this in Gombe on Saturday, said the inputs would be sold to farmers at subsidised rates to improve agricultural productivity, increase farmer’s income and boost food security in the country.
Yahaya stated that the development of the agricultural sector would remain the policy thrust of his administration in line with his campaign promises to the good people of the state.
He stated that the desire to develop the sector was necessitated by the fact that over 70 per cent of the people of the state were engaged in farming activities.
According to the governor, it is against such background that my administration is committed to providing the projected 20, 000 tonnes of fertiliser and other agricultural inputs for the 2019 farming season.
“We have already taken delivery of 120 truckloads of fertilisers to be distributed for sale to all wards of the 11 local government’s areas.
“This input will be sold to farmers at subsidised rates to improve agricultural productivity thereby translating into more income and empowerment to our farmers and the much needed food security.
“We have also procured 10, 000 bags of 2kg and 950 bags of 10kg of improved maize seeds to ensure higher yields for the 2019 wet cropping season,” he said.
The governor stressed that his administration would work hard within the limit of available resources to improved the agricultural sector.