By Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
Sequel to the successes recorded in last yearâ€™s rain-fed and this yearâ€™s dry season farming, the Bauchi State government has provided 30,000 tonnes of fertiliser to be sold at N5,500 per bag for this yearâ€™s farming season with an increase of 15,000 tonnes over what was procured and distributed to farmers for last year.
The state Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar made this disclosure Thursday at the launch of the fertiliser distribution for the 2017 farming season in Kirfi.
THISDAY checks revealed that Â the governor increased the tonnage of the fertiliser from the 10,000 tonnes procured and distributed in the 2015 farming season to 30,000 tonnes for this yearâ€™s farming season because the state and federal governments are diversifying sources of revenue from oil to non-oil sector, especially agriculture.
Governor Abubakar disclosed that the state government has already written a letter of commitment to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture targeting 30,000 tonnes for this yearâ€™s farming season to be sold at N5,500 per bag.
The governor explained that his administration is according priority attention to the development of agriculture for which the state committed N400 million for the state to â€œbecome full and committed participant in the National Anchor Borrowers programme even before obtaining the loan package from the CBNâ€.