By Sule Sani-Jalingo
Taraba state government is to purchase additional assorted fertilizers, certified rice seeds as well as thirty tractors for sales at a subsidized rate to Farmers and cooperative groups in the state.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku stated this on Wednesday during the official flag-off of distribution and sales of fertilizer and other Agro inputs for the twenty nineteen cropping season in Jalingo, the state capital.
According to him, the provision of inputs including the vital requirement of fertilizers, seeds, machines by governments are boosting large scale farming.
Ishaku explained that the state Government deemed it necessary to give the desired attention to Agriculture due to its critical role as a major source of income to the majority of people of the state.
He another one hundred mini tractors would also be purchase for twenty nineteen cropping season due to the successes recorded last year.
The Governor warned all farmers against the diversion and sales of the commodity, adding that anyone found guilty will not be spared no matter his status.
He approved the sales of NPK fifty Kg bag of fertilizer at four thousand five hundred naira, Urea fifty Kg bag at five thousand five hundred naira and mini tractor at four hundred and fifty thousand naira respectively.
Earlier, state Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural resources David Ishaya said the primary responsibilities of the Ministry of Agriculture is to provide inputs to farmers and also guide them appropriately on the best usage and application of the input to respective farms.
He applauded Governor Ishaku for the desired attention given to Agriculture, saying the gesture will no doubt turn around the fortunes of farmers across the state.
Kassa, called on farmers to make the best use of the opportunity given to them by the state government in making sure that the laudable efforts did not become a futile exercise.
On his part, Chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN Taraba State Chapter Bala Aji, avered that AFAN has enjoyed a cordial working relationship with the Present administration of Ishaku who has continued to provide fertilizer at a subsidized rate and other farming inputs.