The Sokoto State Government says it has procured 6,500 tonnes of assorted fertiliser worth 1.6 billion for sale to farmers this year.
Gov Aliyu Wamakko disclosed this while launching the 2012 fertiliser sale to farmers at the headquarters of Bodinga Local Government area of the state on Monday.
Wamakko said that the state government had taken concrete measures to ensure that farm inputs reached to smallholder farmers across the state.
He explained that, Sokoto, being an agrarian state, where about 80 per cent of the people are farmers, had packaged a policy that would support genuine farmers to ensure food security in the state.
He reiterated the state government’s commitment to develop the agricultural sector with a view to curbing
migration to the urban areas.
The governor said that the state government had established a College of Agriculture to train qualified middle level manpower for effective implementation of modern agricultural technology.
According to him, the state government has purchased and distributed 150 tractors to large and small-scale farmers associations, to ensure massive food production in the state.
Wamakko described the new fertiliser policy introduced by the Federal Government as a demonstration of its commitment toward revamping the agricultural sector.
Earlier, the Minster of State for Agriculture, Alhaji Bukar Tijjani, said that the new policy was aimed at enhancing support to smallholder farmers in the country.
He said that the Federal Government would soon release 14,800 tonnes of fertiliser for sell to farmers in the state through the electronic system of fertiliser distribution.
He explained that registered farmers would be able to access the commodity from any of the 65 designated redemption centres with their GSM alert or identification vouchers.
Tijjani commended the effort of the Sokoto State Government toward developing the agricultural sector. (NAN)