Niger State Government Distributes Fertilizer At Subsidized Rates To Farmers

By Abubakar Hassan, Minna

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In a significant move to bolster the agricultural sector, the Niger State Government in North Central Nigeria has initiated the sale and distribution of fertilizer at subsidized rates to local farmers.

Governor Umar Mohammed Bago unveiled the program, announcing that farmers can obtain fertilizer at a subsidized cost of 16 to 18 thousand Naira per bag. As part of this effort, each farmer is limited to purchasing a maximum of two bags.

This step has garnered strong appreciation from both leaders and traditional rulers within the state. They believe that this initiative will have a lasting positive impact on the farming community.

Awaisu Kuta, the Gbage traditional ruler in Niger State, expressed his sentiments in an exclusive interview with our zonal correspondent in Minna, Abubakar Hassan.

Kuta commended the present administration’s commitment to the agricultural sector, considering it a significant stride forward.

Kuta also took the opportunity to appeal to the state government for further support. He suggested that offering soft loans to farmers would alleviate the financial burden they currently face, and allow them to complement the state’s efforts in boosting agriculture.

While the farmers have responded positively to this gesture, there are concerns tied to the prevailing security situation. A considerable number of farmers find themselves in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps due to attacks on villages, affecting their morale and ability to actively engage in farming.

Voice of Nigeria’s investigations revealed that some farmers are requesting tractors and other essential farming tools from the state government, which would significantly aid their agricultural activities.

During the fertilizer sale launch event, Governor Umar Mohammed Bago highlighted the security aspect of the initiative. He stressed the importance of ensuring the safety of farmers by leveling the ground for their operations, with support from security agencies.

Various farmers shared their concerns with Voice of Nigeria, emphasizing the necessity of creating better conditions for farming. The security of farmers, particularly those residing in hostile regions, is a top priority.

Traditional rulers and politicians within the state echo the sentiment that the government should not only provide loans but also furnish farmers with necessary tools to facilitate their agricultural endeavors.