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Minister inaugurates new agric scheme in Kebbi

10 July 2012, 07:20

 Kalgo - The Minister of State for Agriculture, Dr, BuKar Tijjani, has launched the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme in Kebbi designed to enable small holder farmers to obtain fertilisers easily.

The scheme, also known as the e-wallet voucher system, would enable 104 783 registered farmers in the state to receive fertilisers and improved seedlings direct from the Federal Government.

Tijjani, accompanied by Gov. Saidu Dakingari inaugurated the scheme in Kalgo Local Government Area of the state on Monday.

He said the registered farmers would receive free rice, maize and cotton seeds while they pay only N6,000 for a each bag of UREA and NPK brands of fertiliser.

The minister said every farmer in the country can access the scheme through the Internet.

He said the federal government had spent N2.7 billion to procure improved seedlings that would be distributed free to farmers who registered with the scheme.

According to him, more than five million farmers have registered out of the twenty million expected to be captured under the scheme nationwide.

In his address, Dakingari commended the federal government for introducing the scheme, noting that it would eliminate the obstacles faced by farmers in boosting agricultural production.

He pledged to ensure provision of an infrastructure that would support the scheme.

"We would also ensure that the 432 100 farming families in the state adopt the scheme in order to increase production."

The coordinator of the scheme, Abubakar Lolo, said the state had 62 redemption centres for the delivery of the farming inputs to all registered farmers.

He said as part of efforts to ensure the success of the scheme, step-down training had been conducted for enumerators on the administration of a data base on farmers.

"Information collated at the data base had assisted in determining the redemption centres that would service farmers in their localities."



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