Yobe distributes 40 tractors, fertiliser to flag off cropping season

By The Citizen

Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has flagged off the 2013 cropping season with the sales the sales of fertilizer and the distribution of 40 units of Massey Ferguson Tractors and water pump generators to farmers across the state.

The measure, according to the governor, will boost agriculture and stimulate economic growth and reduce unemployment among the teaming youths of the state, and promised that his administration will continue to accord agricultural the attention it deserves.

'Any nation that can solve its food problem has solved half of its problem', Gaidam said. The governor directed that fertilizer, both NPK and Urea be sold at the subsidized rate of N2, 500, adding that government procured 60 00 metric tons of the product, amounting to N877.5 million, with the aim of creating the enabling environment for the agricultural sector.

'The state now has 6000 metric tons of urea fertilizer, procured at the total sum of N877,500,000, to be distributed to each of the 178 electoral wards in the state, large scale farmers, civil servants and irrigation farmers', Gaidam said. Similarly, 40 pieces of tractors, procured at N320million were also launched at the occasion. In a related development, N76 million assistance was distributed to women and youth groups under the Fadama three programme.

In his remarks, the state commissioner of agriculture, Alhaji Idi Barde Gubana, announced that the present administration has so far disbursed the sum of N 581 Million to 14, 421 beneficiaries across the state.

He pointed out that with the sales of fertilizer, the tractors and other agricultural inputs, farming would become attractive to youths in the state. Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Alhaji Musa Dumburi, stressed that the procurement and distribution of additional tricycles to the youths will engage jobless youths into gainful ventures.

He said the SURE-P vehicles distributed last week have started plying various roads across the state, as it will reduce transport cost among the less-privileged.