Nasarawa government threatens to punish fertiliser racketeers
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has threatened stiff punitive measures against anybody caught diverting fertilisers and other farm inputs in the state.
Sule said this yesterday at Andaha, Akwanga Local Council, while flagging off distribution of subsidised fertilisers to farmers.
“Let me sound this as a warning that any untoward practice in the sale of fertiliser will not be tolerated, and will be met with stiff punitive measures, irrespective of the calibre of persons involved.
“Coordinators at various levels are to ensure remittance of sales to the designated bank account, as any misappropriation will be met with appropriate sanction. I should also caution individuals and groups against purchasing the commodity and selling to farmers at exorbitant rates,” Sule warned.
He, however, stated that affordable technologies were critical to increased crop productivity, noting that his administration was determined to strengthen extension services delivery system of the Nasarawa Agricultural Development Programme (NADP).
According to the governor, a bag of fertiliser will be sold to farmers at a subsidised rate of N5,000. He charged the beneficiaries to ensure judicious use of the commodity to increase yield.
He also ordered the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources as well as the Local Government Distribution Committee to ensure that smallholder farmers benefit from the gesture.
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