Buni launches 2029 fetiliser/tractor, seed schemes
From Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni has officially launched the 2029 fertilizer/tractor allocation and flagged-off the Seed Multiplication Farm under the Agricultural Youth Empowerment Programme of his efforts to improve the yield and outputs of farmers in the state.
In her opening remarks at the occasion, the state Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr. Mairo Amshi said that Governor Buni, in his wisdom deems it fit to make agriculture priority sector of his administration.
“This he does with the formation of a committee to revitalize agriculture in the state who sat and provided numerous recommendations for subsequent implementation,” she said.
She thanked the governor for the support he gave her ministry to conduct a Geo-Enabling Initiatives for Monitoring and Supervision (GEMS) that captured thousands of both small and large scale farmers.
This forms a comprehensive farmer’s data bank and the basis for identifying farmers for allocation of inputs across the state.
Having realized the importance of fertilizer in the improvement of agricultural output and tractors with implements to ease labour for land preparations, Governor Buni has approved reduction of the selling prices of the items.
Thus, she said Buni ordered selling them at a subsidized rate.
She said the governor also approved the
allocation of the 103 brand new set of MF 375 tractors with implements (harrow, plough, ridger and trailer) under the ministry’s Tractor Loan Scheme to youth, women groups and other stakeholders in agriculture across the state.
Responding, Governor Buni stated that his administration is conscious of the fact that fertilizer and tractors are necessary inputs for increased agricultural output especially in areas with climatic conditions such as in the state.
Buni said: “We cannot achieve our objectives of revitalizing agriculture without making tractor services accessible to our farmers. In this vein, the state government, in conjunction with the 17 local government councils in the state, has made available 103 tractors for distribution”.
According to him, all payments for fertilizer should be made in bank draft payable to the state Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme Account.
“Government has also constituted Fertilizer and Tractor Distribution Committees for the local government councils to check diversion and ensure accountability.
“All members of these ad-hoc duties should swing into action immediately and ensure that there is fairness, transparency and accountability and proper remittance of the proceeds from the fertilizer sales and repayment of tractor loans into the coffers of the state government.
“To further accelerate pursuance of our goals in agriculture, we have given a boost to the Youth Farm Empowerment programme.
“Already 1,000 hectares of land have been harrowed and planted, while fertilizers would be provided free of charge to all participating youth farmers,” he assured.