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Governor Inuwa Flags Off Sales, Distribution Of Subsidised Fertilizer For 2022 Farming Season

Restates Commitment To Supporting Farming Activities, Ensuring Food Security in Gombe State

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has flagged off sales and distribution of fertilizers for the 2022 farming season at Dukul, Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State.

According to a press release on Saturday 16th July 2022 signed by the Director-General (Press Affairs) Gombe Government House, Ismaila Uba Misilli, he said that speaking during the ceremony, the governor said that the distribution of subsidized fertilizers as part of his campaign promises aimed at boosting agriculture, ensuring food security, providing employment and broadening the revenue base of the state.

Governor Inuwa said about 7,500 (Seven thousand five hundred) tonnes of fertilizers have already been procured for onward distribution to local farmers at the grassroots.

Speaking on the pattern of the distribution, the governor said, “In line with our normal practice, fertilizer will be supplied directly to the local government areas for onward sale and distribution through the polling units to reach the grassroots”.

To ensure the commodity reaches its intended beneficiaries, the governor directed the ministry of agriculture and all relevant security agencies to ensure strict compliance with the guidelines of sale and distribution exercise.

Announcing the price for the fertilizers, Governor Inuwa said, “NPK 15:15:15 will be sold at 19,000 Naira as against about 25,000 in the markets and NPK 20:10:10 be sold at 15,000 Naira per bag instead of about 20,000 market price”.

He appealed to the farmers to cooperate with those assigned with the responsibilities of sales and distribution across the state for the success of the exercise. He also cautioned them against diversion or any form of mismanagement, adding that the law will take its course on anybody found wanting.

Governor Yahaya attributed the delay in this season’s sales and distribution of the commodity to security issues and other technical challenges in the production, procurement, and distribution processes associated with the exercise.

The governor confirmed that despite these challenges, however, “through the doggedness and perseverance of our Ministry of Agriculture we have been able to overcome these challenges and record a remarkable success”.

He maintained that Gombe State is largely an agrarian state with over 80%of its population engaged in Agriculture. “Supporting this sector is therefore crucial to economic development, food security, and sustainable livelihood for our people”, the governor noted.

The governor appreciated the efforts of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting agricultural activities in Gombe state, citing the dry season wheat farming undertaken in collaboration with the National Agricultural Land Development Agency, NALDA and the establishment of Farming Centers in Collaboration with North East Development Commission, NEDC as good instances.

He explained that his government has engaged in different projects and programmes to revamp agriculture in Gombe with the state keying into many agricultural initiatives at both state, regional and national levels to boost productivity.

“We are a key stakeholder in the National Livestock Transformation Program with the Wawa-Zange Grazing reserve as a model project, we are tapping into the great irrigation potentials of our three major dams of Dadin Kowa, Cham, and Balanga to promote large-scale irrigation activities, our farm service centres are being revived to serve as one-stop shops of agricultural services and we allocated about 250 hectares out of the 1000 hectares earmarked for the Gombe Industrial Park to develop an Agricultural Industrial Cluster to provide room for enhancement of the agriculture value chain through the processing of agricultural commodities that highly abound.

” These, together with many donor-driven and private sector-led initiatives are turning Gombe’s agricultural sector around by diversifying our economy, improving productivity, enhancing revenue generation, creating jobs, and promoting food security. We will continue to give our maximum support for the overall progress and development of the sector”.

He used the occasion to urge farmers and herders to live in harmony with one another and avoid infringing on others’ properties and rights for peace to reign in Gombe state and the nation.

The governor pledged continued support to the agricultural sector, saying “We will continue to give our maximum support for the progress and development of this sector considering the role its plays in the overall socio-economic development”.

He also unveiled his government’s plan to establish more agricultural centres in Gombe State. He said, “We intend to provide a farm centre in every ward of Gombe state. Altogether, we intend to have 114 functional and operational farm service centres across the state”.

Speaking at the occasion, the Director of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Musa Inuwa extolled Governor Inuwa’s efforts to overhaul the agricultural sector in Gombe state thereby making it more productive.

He commended the Governor’s excellent leadership which he said makes Gombe stand tall among its peers. “It is through His Excellency’s perseverance, exemplary leadership, and resilience that today Gombe is among the states that are earmarked to benefit from the 500 million US dollars World Bank Funded livestock Productivity, Resilience Enhancement Support, LPRES Project”.

He also praised the cordial working relationship between the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Gombe State Government, the synergy that he said, “has positively impacted on the development of agriculture in Gombe state”.

Earlier Speaking, the Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Hon. Muhammad Magaji Gettado thanked Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for giving the agricultural sector the attention it deserves, explaining that since the inception of this administration, the governor has been consistent in providing all the needed funds and necessary support for agricultural development in the state.

The commissioner cited large-scale dry season wheat farming, mass animal vaccination, establishments/preservation of grazing reserves, and prevention and settlement of farmer-herder conflicts among others as some of the important areas Gombe state is excelling under Governor Inuwa Yahaya.

He said, Gombe State is at the forefront in subscribing to the national agricultural interventions, the development he attributed to Governor Inuwa’s commitment to providing the counterpart funding and other necessary support.

“Gombe State is at the top of the list of beneficiaries of federal government agricultural projects and is doing very well in that regard”, he said.

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