Gombe – Dry season farmers in Gombe State have hailed Federal Government’s e-wallet policy of distribution of farm inputs under the Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES).
A cross section of the farmers made the commendation in an interview with newsmen in Gombe.
Malam Dahiru Abubakar, a farmer, said that under the scheme, he had received three bags of fertilizer and 25 kg of improved rice seeds at the subsidized cost of N9, 875.
“We thank the Federal Government for assisting us with inputs such as fertilizer and seeds”, he said.
He called on the state government to introduce such scheme emulate to enable farmers to check diversion of the inputs by shylock people.
Another farmer, Malam Usman Dauda, told newsmen that government had done everything to them this year, by distributing fertilizer and the seeds.
He said that after filling the form, he received a text message requesting him to go and collect his allocation at a designated centre.
Dauda, added that upon reaching the centre, he was givens three bags of fertilizer and 25Kg of rice seed.
According to him, the gesture has helped him record bumper harvest in the past few years.
Ms Goke Jeorgiana, officer supervising Gombe Local Government Distribution Centre, said each registered farmer was entitled to two bags of fertiliser and 25Kg of rice seed as incentives for dry season farming.
Jeorgiana said they had so far distributed over 50 per cent of the inputs in their possessio to the beneficiaries, and called on those who were yet to collect their share, to do so before Feb.11.
She said they were facing some challenges from the beneficiaries as some of them had no money to pay before collection.