Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has approved the commencement of 2019 sale and distribution of fertiliser to farmers at the subsidized rate of N,4000 per bag.
Ortom, while declaring the sale and distribution open at the State Fertilizer Blending Plants on Friday in Makurdi, said the aim was to boost agricultural production, reduce poverty and create jobs in the state.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Benson Abounu, directed that one bag of 50kg of fertiliser irrespective of brand be sold to farmers at N4,000, while a litre of Liquid Organic Fertilizer shall be sold to farmers at the subsidised rate of N2, 000 and a litre of Plant Health Promoter be sold at the subsidized rate of N3,500.00.
“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 these objectives.”
“Already, we have worked out modalities 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 kilometres of rural roads across the state for easy movement of farm produce to markets,” Ortom stressed.
He added that over 40 per cent cost on all brands of fertilizer would be borne by the state government to make the products affordable to farmers.