Benue Farmers to Expect Adequate Fertiliser for 2012 Cropping Season

Posted: May 26, 2012 in Uncategorized
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GOV. SUSWAM OF BENUE STATEIn order to ensure that good quantities of fertiliser reach farmers in due course in a bid to boost crop production in the state, the Benue State government has assured farmers of adequate fertiliser for this year’s farming season.
According to the Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Eugene Aliegba, the Benue State Government, who made this known during the ongoing accountability press briefing at the Ministry for Information and Orientation conference hall yesterday, stated that the state government has approved the sum of One Billion, Four Hundred and Eighty Million Naira for the procurement of four hundred trucks of assorted brands of fertiliser for sales and distribution to Benue farmers.
According to him the fertiliser which was grossly inadequate during the 2011 planting season due to under supply by the contractor, will be supplied to all council wards in the state. He further informed that the state had also released the sum of Four Hundred and Seven Million naira into the Central Bank Escrow Account to ensure farmers in the state benefit from the Federal government e-wallet fertiliser and other farm inputs distribution programme.
Apart from prompt provision of fertiliser, the commissioner also highlighted that, the farmers in the state had been handed farm credits from the Benue State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (BNARDA), to the tune of Thirty Two Million, Three Hundred and Seventy Three, Two Hundred and Seventy Five Naira, through the National Programme for Food Security.
His counterpart in the Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry, Dr. Jacob Omenka, also told newsmen that his ministry has also collaborated with the ministries of Finance and Agriculture to access One billion Naira loan for commercial agriculture and cooperative societies in Benue State in April 2012.
Dr. Omenka also noted that the ministry has keyed into the federal government’s intervention programme aimed small holder cooperative farmers to access and utilise, a measure he says will improve rural livelihood and advance national food security.
In his report of his superintendence of the ministry in the past one year, the commissioner, also informed of the ministry’s partnership with thefederal and state government to key into the world bank funded FADAMA III Development Project .

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