Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa Subsidize Price of Fertilizers

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By Isah Aliyu Chiroma

The Bauchi, Gombe and Jigawa State governments have approved a 50 percent subsidy on fertilizer prices to ease access to the commodity, in an effort to bring succor to citizenry.

Already, the sale of the commodity at the subsidized rate to the farmers had begun with the NPK brand of fertilizers being sold between N15,000 and N19,000  against the former price of N27,000.

In Jigawa, Governor Namadi has  procured over 6,000 metric tonnes of fertilizers for sale to farmers in the state for this year’s season.

According to the chairman, Fertiliser Distribution Committee, Mustapha Makama, Governor Umar Namadi would inaugurate fertilizer distribution exercise on July 17.

He added that the commodity had been distributed to the designated sale outlets to make it accessible to the farmers across the 27 local government areas of the state.

“The gesture is to make fertilizer affordable and accessible to farmers in both rural and urban areas of Jigawa state,  especially those who could not afford it due to financial constraint.

“The committee’s role is crucial in facilitating the timely distribution of subsidized fertilizer which will no doubt help in cushioning the effect of the fuel subsidy removal.

“We understand the financial constraint being faced by the farmers. Our goal is to alleviate their burden by providing them with subsidized fertilizer.

In another development, the Gombe State Government has also pegged prices of NPK brand of fertilizers at N19,000 per bag.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya who inaugurated the sale of the subsidized fertilizer to the farmers across the state on June 19, said the state government has spent over N2.8 billion on procurement of the commodity.

A 25 kilogramme bag of the NPK-15-15-15 was sold between N24,000 and N27,000 while NPK 20-10-10 sold between N14,000 and N28,000, respectively.

A 50kg bag of Urea brand of fertilizers is sold between N21,000 and N25,000.

A cross section of the farmers lauded the ward-to-ward fertilizer distribution model adopted by the government.
They described the gesture as “commendable”, adding that it would enhance access to the commodity and encourage productivity.

A rice grower in Nafada, Musa Alhaji, said the gesture assisted farmers by cutting down cost of production.

This, he said, would enable them to save more money, source for other inputs and increase their production output.

“Some farmers bought the subsidized fertilizers which saved them between N5,000 and N9,000 per bag, depending on its quality.

“So for every 10 bags of subsidized fertilizer, a farmer could save between N50,000 and N90,000; this is good no matter how small.

Some farmers in Bauchi have also lauded the state government for making fertilizers accessible in the state.

A farmer, Rilwanu Bala, said the government achieved a tremendous feat in making the commodity accessible and affordable to the farmers.
The gesture, he said, would encourage farmers to increase their production output.

“Fertilizer is now available and affordable to the farmers. We anticipate bumper harvest,” he said.

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