By Mohamed Aminu in Sokoto
The Sokoto State government has said it will spend the sum of N1.4 billion to subsidise the price of fertiliser for its farmers in the 2018 farming season.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of the state Wednesday at the launch of fertiliser sales for dry season farming and distribution of improved seeds to farmers across the state.
He said the state government bought 500,000 bags of fertiliser at the cost of N6,800 per 50kg bag.
“We have decided to sell the product to our farmers at the subsidised cost of N4,000 per bag. In all, we are spending the sum of N1.4 billion to subsidise the product.
“This intervention becomes necessary in view of our determination to boost agriculture in the state and to encourage new entrants into the sector.
“We will continuously explore other avenues to grow the agric sector bearing in mind that it is the largest employer of labour for majority of our citizens,” the governor stated.