BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi
Benue state governor , Samuel Ortom has flagged off the 2019 fertilizer sales and distribution to farmers at the subsidized rate of 40 percent for all brands of fertilisers in Makurdi, the state capital.
Ortom who was represented by the deputy governor, Engr. Benson Abounu announced that one bag of 50kg fertilizer irrespective of brand, would be sold to farmers at the subsidised rate of 4,000.00 per bag.
The governor explained that over 40 percent cost on all brands of fertilizer will be borne by the state government to make the products affordable to the farmers.
“Our state is blessed with a lot of agricultural potentials and government is poised to offer maximum support to harness these potentials to fast-track economic and social development of our people; the re-election of our administration therefore, is another opportunity to aggressively pursue the attainment of this objective”
The governor informed that already, modalities have been put in place for the take-off of the rural access and Agricultural Marketing Project 3 (RAAMP3) in the state to enhance the development and rehabilitation of 500 kilometers of rural roads across the state for easy movement of farm produce to markets.
This he said would provide easier accessibility to the hinterland and thus create the enabling environment for investors.
“In addition, this administration will continue to synergize and partner with credible development partners and agencies for more achievements through the IFAD-Assisted Cassava and Rice Value Chain Development Programme as well as the Fadama III additional financing”
He disclosed that 180 trucks, an equivalent of 5,400 metric tons of granulated inorganic fertilizer, 5,000 litres of liquid organic fertilizer and 2,500 litres of plant health promoter have been purchased to the meet fertilizer needs of farmers in the state.
In her remarks, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Helen Atom commended the governor for ensuring security of lives and properties which has enabled most farmers to go back to their farms.
She assured farmers of the ministry’s readiness to ensure the implementation of government’s agricultural policies that would be of maximum benefit to them.
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