Mai Mala Buni the Executive Governor of Yobe State has taken a step further in ensuring farmers in the state get bounty of Agricultural produce with the introduction of subsidised fertilizers to the farmers in the state.
Buni noted that the move is to support the Federal Government’s policy on agriculture as one of the most important sectors of our national economy as agriculture is a way to bring back the old days of Nigeria.
The Yobe State government said the fertilizers would be sold at N13,000 per bag following the subsidy as it is sold between N17, 00 and N20, 000 in the general market. According to the governor, the subsidy was a move by his administration to support the goal of food sufficiency, security, economic empowerment and improving agricultural activities in the state.
At the flagging-off ceremony, Buni said, “Agriculture remains the major preoccupation of our people. This administration would therefore continue to give the sector the priority attention it deserves, and to be in tune with the Federal Government’s policy on agriculture as one of the most important sectors of our national economy.”
He further added that his administration remains committed to improving the livelihood of the people while providing employment opportunities. While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting the state through different agricultural interventions.
“I wish to commend Mr President on the Federal/Yobe State joint funding of the Jakusko-Nasari livestock development centre and other agricultural incentives provided to both crops and livestock farmers across the Country.”
Buni further noted that there is a possibility of food scarcity as cited by the United Nations which may be caused by human and natural factors.
“Here in Nigeria, the security challenge in some parts of the country may affect food production.
“We should therefore take advantage of the improved security situation in the state to boost our agricultural production, and to also engage in irrigation farming”.
The governor also disclosed that his administration is also collaborating with “development partners and relevant Federal Agencies to accelerate irrigation and livestock development in the State.”
”I have, therefore, approved the sum of N13,000 per bag of fertilizer to be sold to our farmers irrespective of political or ethnic considerations.”
He further warned that his government will not fold its arms while the fertilizers are diverted from its approved cause.
He called on the distributors to ensure that all the 17 local government areas in the state are reached.