Kebbi govt to procure 300,000 metric tonnes of fertlizer to boost food production
The Kebbi State Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Garba Dan-Diga says that the state government plans to procure 300,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer for the next farming season to boost agricultural production.
Dan-Diga, who did not disclose cost of the commodity in a news conference in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday, stated that 100,000 metric tonnes would be procured from private firms.
According to him, the other 200,000 metric tonnes will be provided through an agreement between the Federal Government and Morocco.
He added that additional efforts would be enhanced to boost production.
Dan-Diga said assurances had been obtained from the Federal Government based on an agreement between Morocco and Nigeria that the commodity would be provided to be issued to farmers at subsidised rate.
He said provision had also been made to procure 100 tractors,100 thrashers, land tillers and 1,000 ox-plough to be given to farmers to enhance improved agricultural production.
According to him, farmers will be encouraged to revert to mechanised farming to boost production that will improve their economic status.
“Farmers have improved rice production from 2.5 tonnes per hectre to five tonnes per hecter.’’
Dan-Diga said the state had trained 10,000 farmers in Dandko-Wasagu Local Government Area to engage in commercial production of Soya beans, while FADAMA 111 programme would also train 10,000 farmers in southern parts of the state.
“The engagement of 70,000 farmers by the state government and 8,000 farmers by private firms and the success recorded in rice and wheat production in the last wet and dry farming seasons would be improved upon.
“Improvement of agricultural production would enable food security, ,job creation and creation of foreign exchange enhance the economy.’’