Considering its importance in the agricultural value-chain, Sokoto State government has said it will continue with the policy of providing fertiliser subsidy to farmers across the state.
This, according to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, is aimed at boosting production, increasing farmers’ purchasing power and ultimately improving on the quality of farm yield from the state.
Speaking when he had an informal meeting with members of commodity associations in Sokoto, Tambuwal said the ultimate goal is to stimulate economic growth and ensure reduction in poverty level among rural populace.
He said all over the world, governments come in to assist farmers with various subsidies, as such Sokoto government will not allow market forces to determine price of such an important commodity.
In that regard, he said his administration has procured about 9, 000 metric tonnes of assorted fertilisers which comprise NPK and Urea at the cost of N1.2 billion for distribution to farmers for this year’s farming season.
He revealed that the NPK would be sold at a subsidised rate of N1,700 while Urea is to cost N1,800.
He said this year’s supply had doubled the amount given last year and urged the people, especially the youth, to avail themselves of those opportunities by embracing farming.