Niger state to spend N5.5bn on fertilizer procurement

The Commissioner of agriculture, Alhaji Kabiru Abbass has disclosed in Minna that the Niger state Government has approved the sum of N3 billion for the purchase of fertilizer for farmers and a loan of N2.5 billion to purchase excess bumpers as a precautionary measure to check food scarcity this farming season in the state, adding that the Government will purchase 30,000metric tones of fertilizers at federal government price of N5, 000. He has stated that the state government has put every arrangement in motion to ensure that the farmers get the fertilizer as early as March, as a way to curtail all encumbrances encountered by farmers every farming season. Abbass has stated that the distribution process will be handled by extension service workers who know the farmers in order to ensure that the products get to the farmers adding that the 30,000 metric tons was more than 15000 metric tons purchased in the state at previous farming seasons. In the same vein, the commissioner stated that government  will  obtain a loan of N2.5 billion to purchase excess of the bumper harvest  in the state from last farming season  harvest  for the state to check food scarcity. He has stated that Niger state recorded a very bumper harvest this farming season and will not allow middlemen to capitalize on it and buy it to cause artificial scarcity of food items and increase in the price of the commodity later in the year.
Abbas has maintained that even the only rice mill in Bida will not be able to process all the rice harvested from the Niger south axis in the farming season adding that some states are taking the glory of producing more rice than Niger state which he added, informed the reason why  the state has  adopted strategic approach to coordinate agricultural activities.

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