Borno farmers lament hoarding of fertilisers, other inputs
Lamido donates 3,600 gallons in Jigawa
Farmers in Borno State have lamented the hoarding of fertilisers and other farm inputs meant for the 2022 cropping season.
According to the aggrieved farmers from Borno South Senatorial District, tradition demands that there should be timely sale and distribution of fertilisers by the state government.
Over N1 billion was earmarked by the state government for the agriculture sector in the 2022 budget.
Protesting yesterday, in Biu, Chairman of the Farmers and Livestock Association, Haruna Musa, said: “We are disappointed in state government for the non-sale and distribution of fertilisers. Most of the farmers had to rely on their savings to buy fertilisers at N25,000 a bag.”
Prof. Abba Gambo of the Faculty of Agriculture, Yobe State University (YSU), said: “For farmers’ effective application of fertilisers to crops for higher yield, it should be distributed in either May or June, depending on the location of farmlands in Borno and Yobe states.”
He said the timely sale and distribution of fertilisers could also guarantee farmers’ productivity with increased incomes to fight poverty and unemployment.
The protesters also said that farmers in neighbouring Yobe were accessing each bag of fertiliser at a subsidised rate of N13,000.
Chairman of Fadama Rice Farmers Association (FRFA) in Hawul/Shani/Bayo axes, Yakubu Usman, said: “It appears that the state government no longer gives priority to the agriculture sector, which provides employment to over 70 per cent of smallholder farmers.”
MEANWHILE, no fewer than 3,000 farmers are to benefit from 300 cartons of fertiliser valued at N6 million provided by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate for Jigawa State, Dr. Mustapha Sule Lamido.
The farm input, which was distributed free of charge to farmers’ representatives at the PDP Secretariat in Dutse, was enriched with all the ingredients recommended by agronomists for high yield.
With 12 gallons per carton, the fertilisers are expected to reach many farmers in the 27 local councils of Jigawa.
An agronomist, Audu Umar, described the packaging of the fertilisers in gallons as a new innovation, as against in sacks, and enriched to serve as fertiliser and insecticide.
Making the presentation on behalf of Lamido, his running mate, Dr. Babandi Gumel, charged the beneficiaries to utilise the commodity judiciously.
“I call upon you, farmers, to make good use of this commodity. This fertiliser was given to you free of charge to boost your harvest,” he stated.
Jigawa PDP Chairman, Idris Diginsa, commended the candidate for the gesture and called on others to emulate him.