The Kebbi Agricultural and Rural Development Agency, said it registered104,525 farmers under the Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES).

A Director in the agency, Alhaji Abubakar Lolo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin-Kebbi on Wednesday that the figure was a quantum leap from the 65,000 that were registered before now.

 He said the registered farmers would be provided fertilisers for the dry and wet season farming periods.

According to him, the increase in the number of registered farmers is sequel to the discovery by the federal authorities that the state has performed well in the scheme.

Lolo said each farmer would be allocated three bags of fertilisers comprising two NPK brand one bag of UREA brand as well two bottles of Agrolyser and Crystalliser.

“The fertiliser supply venues in the state have been increased from the 23 to 27 designated redemption centres to reduce hardship faced by farmers,’’ he said.

Lolo called on the dry season farmers to utilise the fertilisers prudently for a bumper production.

“The government will not relent in its efforts to make sure that the farmers emerge largest producers of rice in the country,’’ he said. (NAN)

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