Gov. Umar Namadi of Jigawa has again warned officials against hiking the price and hoarding of fertilizer in the state.
Namadi gave the warning on Monday during the launch of the 2023 fertiliser distribution to farmers in the state held at the Jigawa state Agricultural Supply Company in Dutse.
”As a government, we have the responsibility of providing a conducive atmosphere for farmers, as 80 percent of indigenes of the state rely on farming.
“Priotization of Agriculture is part of the 12 point agenda of our administration, which we must fulfill and synergise all stakeholders in the industry.
”Let me warn that whoever is found hiking the fertiliser prices of hoards, will be punished.
The governor urged farmers to ensure they but the fertiliser at the government’s approved price of N16,000 per bag.
In his remarks, the Chairman All Farmers Association Jigawa state Chapter, Alhaji Idris Jaga, thanked the government for subsidising the product and making it available.
He said:”a bag of fertiliser is sold at N26, 500 but our government has provided it at a subsidised rate of N16,000.
“So on behalf of our people, I commend the administration for its effort and we are grateful.” Jaga said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Friday, at an event in Government House in Dutse, Namadi had issued a warning against the diversion of fertiliser meant to be sold to farmers at subsidized rates.He tasked members of the fertilizer distribution committee to supervise and monitor the sale of the subsidised fertiliser to farmers across the state for the 2023 wet season farming.
NAN reports that the Jigawa government said it bought 120,000 bags of NPK fertilizer, which will be distributed among the 43 retail stores across the state and to be sold at N16, 000 per bag. (NAN)