Calabar - Mrs Ada Edu, the state coordinator of the Federal Government Growth Enhancement Support Scheme, has said that 33,777 registered farmers in Cross River have collected their inputs.
Edu, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar, said 67 554 bags of fertilisers were collected in the 37 redemption centres in the 18 local government areas of the state.
She said that 18 000kg of maize and 10 000kg of rice seedlings were received during the first phase of the programme.
She explained that the e-Wallet and Voucher scheme were designed in line with the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda for the distribution of seedlings and fertiliser directly to the farmers.
She said the federal and state governments subsidised each bag of fertiliser by 50 per cent, adding that "all seeds, maize and rice were distributed free.’’
Edu said the challenge faced by the programme was delay in inputs delivery by the suppliers and poor network services in some centres.
"Some farmers deleted their messages and others lost their phones thereby making it difficult to reach them,” she said.
She commended Gov. Liyel Imoke for his support to the programme, adding that the state was among the first 14 in Nigeria to begin the scheme.