KANO – No fewer than 11, 500 wheat farmers in Kano State will benefit from the Federal Government’s fertilisers and other farm inputs during the current dry season farming.
Alhaji Adamu Shehu, the Acting Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the state, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen yesterday.
Shehu said the federal government had started distributing the commodity under its Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES) to the registered farmers in five designated centres across the state.
He said under the programme, each farmer would collect two bags of fertilisers and a 50 kg bag of hybrid seeds at a subsidised rate of about N6, 500.
“The distribution of the commodity which started about 10 days ago, is being carried out at Bagwai, Dan-Hassan, Gwarmai, Wudil and Shanono areas.
“The federal government provides the fertiliser and seeds at subsidised rates as part of efforts to boost wheat production in the state and the country,’’ he said.
He also said that there were other farmers who had registered for similar assistance from the federal government, and that their applications were being processed.
The acting director urged farmers in the state to embrace irrigation in order to enhance their socio-economic status.
He also called on farmers in the state to register to enable them benefit from the GES programme.