Commissioner urges farmers to apply fertilisers to boost agricultural production
Mr Abdulhamid Kwara, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Information, on Monday urged farmers in the state to apply the fertilisers distributed to them to their crops to boost agricultural productivity.
Kwara, who is also the Chairman, Fertilisers Distribution Committee of Wamba Local Government Area of the state, gave the advice while distributing fertilisers to farmers in the council area.
Gov. Umaru Al-Makura, had, on July 5, inaugurated the sale of fertilisers to farmers in Jenkwe, Obi Local Government Area, at a subsidised rate of N4, 000 per bag.
The governor then said that the state government would spend N1 billion on the procurement of 10,000 tonnes of fertilisers for the 2017 cropping season.
Kwara said: “Gov. Al-Makura is doing his best in boosting agricultural production in the state through his good agricultural policies in order to fight hunger, poverty and to ensure food security in the state.
“The state government would not spare anyone trying to sabotage the good efforts of the government by selling fertiliser above the approved price of N4,000 per bag.
“The state government has subsidised the product in order to reduce the hardship being faced by farmers in the state,” he said.
The commissioner re-affirmed the state government’s commitment to initiating more agricultural policies to reduce poverty, hunger and unemployment among the people of the state.
Also speaking, Mr Shuaibu Musa -Wayo, the Interim Management Committee Chairman of Wamba Local Government Council, lauded the Al-Makura-administration for distributing fertilisers to farmers.
Musa-Wayo expressed the hope that the distribution of the commodity would ensure bumper harvest in the 2017 cropping season.
The council boss also urged farmers not to sell the fertiliser but to apply it on their farms so as to boost food production and the state’s socio-economic development.
Some of the farmers, who spoke to NAN during the fertiliser distribution, commended the state government for the policy and called for its sustenance.