Funtua LG farmers get 17,776 bags of subsidised fertiliser



 Katsina State Government had distributed 17,776 bags of subsidised fertiliser to farmers in 202 polling units of Funtua Local Government Area for 2016 farming session.
Alhaji Rabi’u Idris, the Local Government Sales Committee Chairman, disclosed this on Wednesday in Maska village while inspecting the direct distribution of the fertiliser to benefiting farmers by local sales committee.
Idris, who is the Special Adviser to Gov. Aminu Bello Masari on Legislative Matters, cautioned wards and polling units level committees against political favoritism and diversion of the commodity.
According to him, the present financial condition in the country is making it difficult for all tiers of government to execute their respective electioneering promises.
``This fertiliser distribution is intended for all categories of farmers irrespective of political affiliations.
“I want all those involved in this exercise to live up to the expectation and be transparent in their dealings.
``Each polling unit is allocated 88 bags of fertiliser, comprising 33 bags of Urea and 55 bags of NPK to be sold at subsidised rates of N2, 700 for Urea and N2, 500 for NPK as launched by Gov. Aminu Bello Masari,’’ Idris said.
He said that members of the committee were drawn from politicians, traditional and religious leaders as well as youth and women groups, at all the localities to ensure equal representation.
The sales committee chairman noted that the distribution was based on first come first serve.
The chairman said that each benefiting farmers was allocated one bag of fertiliser and nobody should exceed that.
He explained that the committee members including religious leaders were directed to obtain their fertiliser at their respective polling unit where they registered.
Idris said that Maska ward obtained 1,672 in its 19 polling units and commended the local committee members for their patients and efforts on the distribution.
Some of beneficiaries, Malam Garba Maska, Yahaya Iliya and Malama Shafa’atu Muhammad, expressed appreciation to the government on the transparent sales of the fertiliser through polling unit modalities.

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