Niger Flags Off Fertilizer Sales At N8,000 Per NPK Bag

Niger is a state in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria and the largest state in the country.
Niger is a state in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria and the largest state in the country.

The Niger state government on Tuesday commenced the official sales and distribution of fertilizer for 2021 wet season at the cost of N8,000 per bag of NPK.

The Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso at the flag off ceremony in Minna, disclosed that the state has procured 27 and half of trucks making 15,000 metric tons of fertilizers for distribution to the 25 local councils of Niger state

He explained that government is doing everything possible to mitigating the security challenges facing the state and assured small scale farmers of subsidized production inputs.

He emphasized that the middlemen activities will be curtailed through the measures put in place for effective and efficient monitoring of the sales of the products.

In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Haliru Jikantoro said the the current administration was determined to ensure food sufficiency and cash crops production to generate employment and wealth for the citizens to reduced youth restiveness.

He reassured farmers of access to high quality inputs for farming activities and will implored all options possible to leverage on the vast opportunities abound in the state while the ministry will continued to implement government agricultural policy.

On his part, the Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN, Niger state chapter, Shehu Galadima, decried the state of insecurity experienced by the farmers due to attacks by the bandits, alarming scarcity of food in 2021/22 if solutions are not quickly found.

He charged on the federal government to reconsidered its stand by subsidizing agricultural inputs if food security most be attain in Nigeria.

Bala Tuta and Shitu Abdullahi are some of the beneficiaries; they expressed their delight on the early commencement of the sales of the fertilizer as this was what the farmers all wants.

The beneficiaries said that as long as they can get the product the price was good for them.

RIFAN District Head, Two Others Arrested By EFCC In Zamfara

 

 

Operatives of the Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested Mallam Ibrahim Rijiya, the Chairman of Rice Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Gummi Local Government Chapter. 

Also arrested were the council storekeeper, Aminu Musa and Abdullahi Bashir.

The trio were arrested for their alleged involvement in the criminal diversion of three trailer loads of 1,800 bags of fertilizer, and a truck-load of farming herbicide belonging to rice farmers in Gummi.

Rijiya, who is also the District Head of Rijiya Gummi, Gummi LGA, Zamfara State, is also alleged to have diverted three trailers loaded with fertilizer and other supplies for their local farmers, and later sold each bag at the sum of N3,000 including other farm materials.

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The EFCC had received a petition from representatives of seven different groups of rice farmers, alleging that sometimes in July 2018, the Federal Government approved and disbursed 12 trucks of fertilizer and herbicides, on loan to 83 cooperative groups in Gummi and that no member of the association fully collected all the items as approved by the government.

All efforts made by the Gummi Chapter of RIFAN to get the items back, proved abortive.

Investigation revealed that Rijiya conspired with Musa to divert and sell the three trailers of fertilizer and a truck load of herbicide to Bashir at the cost of N17.1million and shared the money among themselves.

The suspects confessed to their roles in the crime, while the three trailers of the fertilizer have been recovered from them. Efforts are in top-gear to recover the diverted herbicide.

They will soon be arraigned in court.

Osinbajo Commissions Edo Fertilizer Plant

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The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has commissioned the Edo State Fertilizer And Chemical Company Limited in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government of Edo State.

The project is in line with the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative launched by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 to drive down the cost of production and attract more investors.

Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Osinbajo noted that the plant would boost plant local economy and bring Nigeria closer to self-sufficiency in agriculture and food security.

According to him, the fertilizer plant which was first commissioned by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo 13years ago has since remained defunct.

However, he noted that the plant’s revival through a Public Private Partnership has the capacity to produce about 60,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer per annum and is guaranteed to create hundreds of direct jobs.

He was accompanied by the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, Minister of Agriculutre, Chief Audu Ogbeh and Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Enelama.

Nasarawa Fertilizer Project Will Ensure Food Security – Al-Makura

Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has assured residents of food security when the new fertiliser blending plants commence operation.

He gave the assurance when he visited the moribund Nasarawa fertilizer blending plant which is to be upgraded soon as the state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese firm to procure modern plants.

According to the governor, the partnership is very important as it will increase revenue, create jobs and also increase the production of fertilizers that will be sufficient for farmers in the state.

He said, “We can now boast of about five fertilizer blending plants and with each of them producing 30 to 40 thousand metric tonnes per hour, you can imagine the quantum of fertilizer that we would produce.

“We are considering this as a very important project by the state government. One, to create revenue generation. Two, to provide employment opportunities and three, to also service our farmers.”

The governor also assured farmers in the state that there will be a fair distribution of fertilizer produced in the state.

“It is not going to be fertilizer procurement and supply as usual; the people you see here are specialists not only in the production of equipment but in soil science. They have now assured us that Nasarawa state will use customised fertilizer for our soil,” he said.

“We are likely going to have new names in Fertilizer that are dedicated for legumes, cereals and citrus. These are specialisation that will increase our yield and also enhance food security.”

Food Security: Nasarawa Govt. Subsidise Fertilizer For Farmers

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The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources Jameel Zakari made the disclosure in an interview in Lafia.

He said the government would ensure that genuine farmers access the adequate amount of the commodity as the rains set in. and added that government has signed an agreement with suppliers

He added that government has signed an agreement with suppliers through the governors’ forum for the product.

He pointed out that that the over 400 truckloads of the product expected from the agreement would last beyond the coming rainy season.

He also pointed out that given the commitment of the state government to make fertilizer available early enough, had worked out the necessary modalities for the prompt supply of the commodity.

“We would soon begin to take delivery of the fertilizer in the state for distribution to farmers taking into cognizance of the fact that the earlier farmers got it, the more beneficial it would be towards improving crop yield,” he said.

He explained that there is already a template for the equitable distribution of the commodity to genuine farmers to allay the fear of diversion of the commodity.

The commissioner further said that Governor Tanko Al-Makura has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese firm, during his recent visit to China, for the establishment of four fertilizer blending plants in the state.

“As we speak, the Chinese partners are already in the state to put finishing touches to the Memorandum of Understanding and start work on the plants,’’

In his opinion, the persistent cases of scarcity of fertilizer would be over in the state when the plants start production.

Kaduna Govt. To Support Farmers With 60% Fertilizer Subsidy

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Bags of fertilizer ready for dispatch

Farmers in Kaduna State are to enjoy 60% subsidy on prices of assorted fertilizers procured by the State Government for distribution in preparation for the 2014 farming season.

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, the Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, said that farmers in the state are to benefit from subsidised farm inputs under the State Agriculture Support Scheme and the Growth Enhancement Programme (GES) in partnership with the Federal Government.

He disclosed that beneficiaries under the GES Programme were to procure each bag of fertilizer at 2,700 Naira (about 16.9 dollars) and get one for free, jointly paid at 50-50 ratio by both the Federal and State Governments.

The assorted bags of fertilizers were jointly procured by the state’s 23 Local Government Councils at the cost of 2.3 billion Naira (about 14.4 million dollars).

He, however, cautioned the Local Government Chairmen to ensure that the fertilizers within their domain were sold to farmers at 60% subsidised rate by ensuring that the commodity was not diverted.

The Breakdown of the subsidy indicates that farmers are to pay 2, 500 Naira per bag of NPK fertilizer as against market price of 6,250 Naira, Urea fertilizer goes for 2,400 Naira as against 6,000 Naira market price, SSP is to be sold at 1,960 Naira as against 4,900 Naira market price while Organic Micro Nutricit goes for 1,960 Naira as against 4,900 Naira market price. This is an initiative of the Governor to ensure food security in the state.

However, the Governor expressed worries over the incessant clashes between pastoralists and farmers in the state and announced that the State Government had approved the sum of 45 million Naira for the rehabilitation, expansion and improvement of existing facilities in the Grazing Reserves

He also said that drugs had been provided for the control of animal diseases and rehabilitation of veterinary clinics as part of the intervention projects aimed at putting an end to the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Isaac Bodams, said that the State Government had introduced comprehensive approach to agricultural revival in the State.

The State Government has provided 15,000 improved seedlings of Palm Trees in Kubacha Nursery for distribution to farmers in 2014.

The projects are part of the government’s initiative to eradicate poverty in the state.