Monday, July 25, 2016

Gombe warns against diversion of fertilizers

Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo has warned farmers in the state against diverting fertilizers distributed for the 2016 farming season. Speaking during the distribution and sales of 20,000 metric tonnes of assorted fertilizers to farmers in the state for the 2016 farming season, the Governor noted that the present administration since from 2011 has procured over 120,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer.
The Governor further urged the farmers to take advantage of government huge spending in the agricultural sector to increase productivity, adding that with the sharp drop in oil prices in the international market and activities of militants in the Niger Delta and the impact of those on the nation’s economy point to the need to develop the agricultural sector to reduce dependence on oil. Also, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Dahiru Buba Biri said that Ministry has captured 10 small scale farmers in each of the 2218 polling unit in addition to the 1140 medium and 154 large scale farmers that existed and benefited last year. He added that 22,180 small-scale farmers in the state will be allocated 5 bags of fertilizer each which they will redeem through their cell phones.

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