Kano- The Kano State Government said on Friday that it had procured 50 000 metric tonnes of fertiliser worth N1.8 billion for sale to farmers in the state at subsidised rate.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Baraka Sani, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano.
She also said that the state Agricultural Supply Company had produced additional 15 000 metric tonnes of the commodity for distribution to the farmers.
The commissioner said the distribution would commence between May 20 and 22, 2013 at the subsidised rate of N1 900 per bag as against the N2 500 sold in 2012.
‘’ We have a total of 30, 000 tonnes on ground now and the Federal Government is still going to provide more to the state’’, Sani said.
She added that the Federal Government in collaboration with the state, would provide additional fertiliser to farmers under the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES).
According to her, the government would also provide farmers with improved maize and rice seeds in addition to other inputs.
Sani said livestock, poultry and fishery farmers had been included as beneficiaries of the GES programme this year, adding that the number of redemption centres across the state had also been increased.