Bauchi procures 18,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer–Lukshi
From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
In its determination to boost food production, Bauchi StateGovernment has procured over 18,000 metric tonnes of assorted fertilizer for the 2019 farming season just as it denied a story in some sections of the media that recently reported there was shortage of fertiliser in the state.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Musa BalaLukshi stated this in a statement distributed to reporters in Bauchi, a copy of which was made available to The Triumph denying the said publication.
Lukshi stated that, ”the attention of the Ministry of Agriculture was drawn over the caption circulated in some national dailies that said: “Fertiliser scarcity hits Bauchi,” quoting the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture as the author of the statement. This is a misrepresentation of facts.”
He stated that “to put the record straight, initially the Bauchi State Government under the leadership of Senator Bala Muhammad Abdulkadir had purchased 6,000 metric tonnes of assorted fertiliser which was distributed to farmers across the 20 local government areas of the State, under the revolving funds’ scheme.
“When the procured number got finished, the government immediately purchased another 6,000 metric tonnes of the commodity and we are now going to the third round; we have purchased another 6,000 metric tonnes that are currently being distributed to the nooks and crannies of all the 20 local government areas of the State,” he explained.