The Katsina State Government said on Monday that it had spent N320 million on the purchase of excess grains from farmers.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Musa Adamu, made this known in Katsina during a news conference.
He said the grains included maize, Guinea corn, millet, beans, rice and soya beans, adding that the commodities were stored t in some of the government’s warehouses.
Adamu said the grains were purchased above market price, to enable the farmers to enhance their performance.
He said the grains would be sold to the public at subsidised rate, to ease their hardships, particularly during dry season.
The commissioner also said that the state government had established three seed cultivation centres as part of efforts to provide farmers with improved seeds.
On fertiliser, Adamu said the state government had spent more than N32 million on fertiliser subsidy this year, adding that the government would continue to accord agriculture top priority.