By Musa Gada, Sokoto
Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal alongside the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saâ€™ad Abubakar onTuesday flagged off sales of fertilizer for 2016 cropping season in the state.
Speaking at the event, which took place at Silami Local Government Area of the state, Tambuwal also used the occasion to announce that the state government has subsidized the cost of commodity by 70 percent to enable farmers enhance production.
According to the governor, the state government has procured three types of fertilizers which include Urea, NPK and SSP brands.
â€œThis year, Urea brand, bought by the government at N6859, will be sold to farmers at the price of N2,300; NPK, which was procured at the cost N6,400, will be sold at the rate of N2,200 while SSP, also bought at the rate of N6,400, will be sold to our farmers at the rate of N2,100,â€ the Governor said.
Tambuwal added that is administration would not relent on efforts to improve agriculture.
According to him, government has also procured 19,620 bags of rice seeds of 50kg size to be distributed to rice farmers for the 2016 wet and dry season farming.
â€œIn the same vein, certified seeds of onions and lettuce have been sourced for distribution to vegetable farmers in Goronyo, Rabah, Wurno, Kware, Tambuwal, Wamakko, Silame, Kebbe, Sokoto North and Shagari LGAs,â€ he added.
Tambuwal said government will continue to explore avenues to enhance water management especially for the two major dams in the state, in order to mitigate flooding and its negative consequences, and at the same time improve wet and dry season farming.
About 9,000 metric tones of fertilizer was procured by the government for the 2016 cropping season.